Washington a city in District of Columbia
This city is served by the District of Columbia Housing Authority
District of Columbia Housing Authority
Section 8 Waiting List Status:
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.
District of Columbia Housing Authority
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses
The District of Columbia public housing waiting list is currently closed.
Washington is a city in District of Columbia. The population of Washington, according to the 2010 Census, is 601,723. The total number of households in the city is 266,707. The average household size for Washington is 1.87. The total number of renter households in the city is 154,652 which means that 58% of households are renter households.
Washington’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:
|Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.|
The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Washington is 145.40. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Wingate Towers And Garden Apartments at 714 units and the smallest is Blackwell Apartment at 1 unit(s). 40 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 4,180 units. Of the 27,626 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.
Federally Assisted Units By Property
Rental Assistance for Tenants in Washington
Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.
In Washington, there are 108 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households. In addition, District of Columbia Housing Authority provides 14,143 Section 8 rental vouchers in Washington and the surrounding area.
To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Washington, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $0 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $0.
It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.
HUD Assistance Income Limits
All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.
The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.
Washington is in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA. The 2015 Area Median Income for a family of four in Washington is $0.
The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits
Average Household Size
Renters or Owners
% of Renter Households
Median Family Income
Households in 60-80% AMI Range
Federally Assisted Units
Federally Assisted Projects
Tax Credit Projects/Units
Section 8 Projects/Units
Section 202 Projects/Units
Section 811 Projects/Units
Average Units Per Property
Gross Rent Paid By All Renters
Renters with No Vehicle
Renters Below Poverty Level
Renters Who Taxi, Bike, or Walk to Work
Renters Who Use Public Transit to Work
Renters With Children
Vacant Units For Rent
Units With Utilities Included In Rent