District of Columbia Housing Authority
1133 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC

202-535-1500 http://www.dchousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in April 2013, after a thorough public relations campaign to make sure all potential applicants had an opportunity to apply for the waiting list.  It is not known when the waiting list will reopen.


After that campaign, there were more than 72,000 households on the waiting list. As of May 2015, there are still more than 41,000 households on the waiting list, according to a post on the blog Poverty & Policy. As explained in the blog post, almost half of those still on the list identified as homeless.

Once the 2013 waiting list closed again, with just more than 14,000 vouchers available, there were more than five-times more families on the waiting list than the number of vouchers the DCHA could give out.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The District of Columbia public housing waiting list is currently closed.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The District of Columbia 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, District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (37%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (63%) to that of all housing authorities in District of Columbia, District of Columbia 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

District of Columbia Housing Authority manages 56 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 66. The scores for properties managed by District of Columbia Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for District of Columbia Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2001 9/30/01 Plan
2000 9/12/00 Plan