Affordable Housing In Washington
District Of Columbia

281 Low Income Apartment Communities In Washington

The Summit at Saint Martins

116 T St NE
Washington, DC
$1,066-1,557
Studio-3 BR
Subsidized

Edgewood Commons

635 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC
$1,020-1,714
Studio-2 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

The Grove at Parkside

600 Kenilworth Ter NE
Washington, DC
$1,068-1,521
Studio-3 BR

Mary's House

401 Anacostia Rd SE
Washington, DC
Call For Rent
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Meadowbrook Run

3649 6th St SE
Washington, DC
$895-1,260
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Asbury Dwellings

1616 Marion St NW
Washington, DC
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Meridian Manor Apartments

1424 Chapin St NW
Washington, DC
$960-1,238
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Henson Ridge II

1804 Alabama Ave SE
Washington, DC
$1,128-1,626
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Oxford Manor

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

Wheeler Terrace Apartments

1217 Valley Ave SE
Washington, DC
Income Based
Studio-4 BR
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Washington

Housing Authority Programs
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)

Other Housing Authorities located in Washington

Housing Authority Programs
Community Connections Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Washington, District Of Columbia

There are 281 low income housing apartment communities offering 36,853 affordable apartments for rent in Washington, District Of Columbia. Washington features 19,300 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 17,165 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Washington.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Washington, DC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 281
Total Low Income Apartments 36,853
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 19,300
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
Total Population 647,484

Population and Household Demographics

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.

Income and Rent Overburden in Washington

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.1

Area Median Income 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 $121,300

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 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 for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Washington HUD Rental Assistance in Washington

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $25,500 $29,150 $32,800 $36,400 $39,350 $42,250 $45,150 $48,050
50% of Median $42,500 $48,550 $54,600 $60,650 $65,550 $70,400 $75,250 $80,100
80% of Median $54,350 $62,100 $69,850 $77,600 $83,850 $90,050 $96,250 $102,450
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Washington

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2012, 122 low income apartment communities containing 17,916 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Washington by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Washington

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $42,500 $48,550 $54,600 $60,650 $65,550 $70,400 $75,250 $80,100
60% of Median $51,000 $58,260 $65,520 $72,780 $78,660 $84,480 $90,300 $96,120

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Washington is $65,520 a year, or $5,460 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,460 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,638 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $1,063 $1,138 $1,365 $1,578 $1,760 $1,942
60% $1,275 $1,366 $1,638 $1,893 $2,112 $2,330