Affordable Housing programs support 20,343 income based apartments in Washington where households pay rent based on how much they earn.
There are 17,725 affordable apartments in Washington that offer reduced rents to low-income households.
There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Washington. Go to the District Of Columbia Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Washington.
Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.
|District of Columbia Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Moving to Work; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)|
Washington features 20,343 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 17,725 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Washington.
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Washington landlords $1,300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Washington.
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||311|
|Total Low Income Apartments||39,236|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||20,343|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||58.76%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.13|
|Average Household Size||2.22|
|Median Household Income||$70,848 ±$843|
|Median Rent||$1,327 ±$17|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||45.99% ± 0.98pp|
Washington is a city in District Of Columbia with a population of 647,484. There are 273,390 households in the city with an average household size of 2.22 persons. 58.76% of households in Washington are renters.
The median gross income for households in Washington is $70,848 a year, or $5,904 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,327 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Washington, a household making less than $4,423 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.99% of households who rent are overburdened in Washington.
Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.
In Washington, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $0
Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.
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 for elderly and disabled households.