The DC Housing Authority administers
both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 103 projects which contain 8,220 affordable rental units. It also administers 14,143 Section 8 housing vouchers.
According to HUD, DC Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Extra Large, meaning it administers 10,000+ Section 8 vouchers.
Comparing the housing assistance distribution of DC Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (37%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (63%) to that of all housing authorities in District of Columbia, DC Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in District of Columbia.
Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)
Public housing authorities provide several affordable housing assistance programs to renters and sometimes homeowners. Most of these programs are funded by the Federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The two primary housing programs administered by housing authorities are the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Housing Program, also known as Public Housing.
Section 8 vouchers provide a rental subsidy to renters that absorbs housing costs that exceed 30% of their income. Renters can use the voucher to rent private housing in apartment communities or privately owned homes. The rent is capped based on a Payment Standard that is determined by the housing authority based on market rents in the target area. Section 8 assistance is very limited across the country and typically waiting lists for the assistance can stretch out for a decade.
Public housing is rental housing owned and managed by housing authorities. Renters pay only 30% of their adjusted income. Typically, public housing consists of apartment developments but sometimes can be scattered single family homes in some suburban or rural housing authorities. Public housing was the first form of affordable housing provided to low income Americans. It is one of the oldest housing assistance programs in the country.
Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.
DC Housing Authority manages 56 rental properties which have an average
inspection score of 66. The scores for properties managed by
DC Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 0.
The highest scoring property in the DC Housing Authority portfolio is
Capital Gateway G and the lowest scoring property is Capital Quarters.
To be a passing score a public
housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 71%
of properties managed by DC Housing Authority have a passing score.
Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)