Housing Counseling Services, a HUD-approved nonprofit, now offers free two-hour pre-purchase orientations every week to help first-time homebuyers navigate the home-purchase process and take advantage of special loan programs offered by the Washington, D.C. government.

Attendees will receive a detailed overview of the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP), which offers 0 percent interest loans of up to $44,000 from the District government to assist first-time homebuyers with down payment and closing costs. Local government employees are also eligible for an additional $10,000 of 0 percent interest financing through the Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP).

Appointments to apply for both of these programs can be made at these orientations. The classes take place at the following times:

Jan. 5, 6 p.m.
Jan. 6, 11 a.m.
Jan. 7, 11 a.m.
Jan. 8, 11 a.m.
Jan. 20, 11 a.m.
Jan. 27, 11 a.m.

All orientations are at Housing Counseling Services, 2410 17th St., Suite 100, N.W., D.C. Contact Elias Cohn at 202-667-7516 for more information.