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Washington Initiative to Support Homeownership (WISH)


"National Homeownership Month in June shines a spotlight on supporting the American Dream of homeownership. It's also a time to recognize the organizations that help individuals and families to achieve their goals.
From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Housing Administration to the realtors, financial and housing counselors, and assistance programs, they all play a part in helping first-time homebuyers make their dream come true."

Have you heard of the WISH Program?
W.I.S.H is a partnership between Washington Housing Authority and the City of Washington. Learn how we can assist you with the down payment towards your home!
Eligibility Requirements
Be a resident of WHA: Public Housing, HCV, or Clifton Meadows
Have a minimum annual household income of $18,000
Be in good standing of your lease
For more information, contact Alecia Rhoe (ROSS Coordinator) 252-644-6055 or Kimberly Grimes (FSS Coordinator) 252-644-2396

National Homeownership Month flyer

For a printable copy of the W.I.S.H application, click here.

Homeownership has been the vehicle used to build wealth in our country since its inception.  However, there are groups of people that have been historically unable to gain access to the dream of homeownership.  WHA is seeking to change this narrative for the families we serve.  

Benefits of Homeownership

The benefits of homeownership for the families that we serve:

  1. Breaking the cycle of poverty; provides a pathway out of poverty.
  2. Building generational wealth
  3. Creates a sense of pride within the family and in the communities in which they live.

The benefits of homeownership for the City of Washington:

  1. Expands existing tax base.
  2. A tangible investment into promoting affordable housing for the most vulnerable population in the City of Washington.

The WISH program would assist families that participate in the WHA Housing Choice Voucher program and Low-Income Public Housing Program with the following:

  • Credit repair
  • Down payment assistance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home repairs for existing homeowners on the HCV program (to keep families living in safe and decent housing)