For more than three decades, the District has helped buyers offset the cost of housing with loans for as much as $77,000. But the program has put some families in financial distress.
Antoinette Harvey bought her Southeast home for her and her 32-year-old son, Ismail Watkins, who uses a wheelchair. To offset the $290,000 purchase price, the District provided a $77,000 second mortgage. But Harvey, who is struggling to make her mortgage payments, has filed for bankruptcy.Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.