District of Columbia Housing Authority

1133 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, District Of Columbia
(202) 535-1500

District of Columbia Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Washington, District Of Columbia that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of February 17th, 2019, District of Columbia Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

District of Columbia Housing Authority serves Washington.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
District of Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open District of Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

As of July 2017, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. 

To apply: Pick up an application at the DCHA office, located at 1133 North Capitol Street N.E. Washington, DC 20002, 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the DCHA website, or call the office at (202) 535-1000.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 2025351500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/17/2017.

Other District of Columbia Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: District of Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. This waiting list was last open in April 2013. It is not known when the waiting list will reopen.


Once the waiting list closed in 2013, 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.



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.


For more information, visit the DCHA website, or call the office at (202) 535-1500.

Last Updated on 01/04/2016.

About District of Columbia Housing Authority

More information about District of Columbia Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.dchousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/17/2019, it is not known if District of Columbia Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the District of Columbia Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, District of Columbia Housing Authority manages 11,942 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 75 330 1,339 8,310 137 998 134
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $658 $1,678 $1,046 $1,398 $1,564 $1,252 $1,136
Monthly Cost $49,319 $553,737 $1,400,197 $11,618,077 $214,292 $1,249,686 $152,226

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for District of Columbia Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 5% having issued approximately 2,301 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 65 years and 0.99999999999994 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $14,959 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 85% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 11% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 51% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 43% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 31% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

40% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

98% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 92% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the District of Columbia Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 57% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by District of Columbia Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $408 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,132. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $224.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by District of Columbia Housing Authority

Gibson Plaza

1301 7th St NW
Washington, DC
Subsidized

Wheeler Creek

900 Varney St SE
Washington, DC
HCV Welcome

Oxford Manor

2607 Bowen Rd SE
Washington, DC
Income Based
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Capper Senior II Apartments

400 M St SE
Washington, DC
HCV Welcome

Barry Farms Dwellings

1249 Eaton Rd SE
Washington, DC

Apartment Communities managed by District of Columbia Housing Authority

Faircliff Plaza East

1350 Fairmont St NW
Washington, DC
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Hubbard Place ( Aka Cavalier Apartments )

3500 14th St NW
Washington, DC
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Faircliff Plaza West

1400 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Urban Village

3403 16th St NW
Washington, DC
HCV Welcome

Webster Gardens

124 Webster St NW
Washington, DC
$1,217-1,443
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome