Affordable Housing In Washington
District Of Columbia

270 Low Income Apartment Communities In Washington

Rev G Smith House

2335 ALTAMONT PLACE SE
Washington, DC

Fort View Apartments

6040 13th Pl NW
Washington, DC
$1,217-1,651
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Gibson Plaza

1301 7th St NW
Washington, DC
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Urban Village

3403 16th St NW
Washington, DC
HCV Welcome

Galen Terrace

1649 W St SE
Washington, DC
Subsidized

Israel Manor Senior Residences

10th Street & Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC
HCV Welcome

Mayfair Mansions Apartments

3744 1/2 Hayes St NE
Washington, DC
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Benning Road Housing Coop

4625 Benning Rd SE
Washington, DC
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Longfellow Arms Apartments

506 Longfellow Street, NW
Washington, DC
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Wheeler Creek

900 Varney St SE
Washington, DC
HCV Welcome

There are 270 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 35,525 affordable apartments for rent in Washington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 19,280 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Washington, HUD housing programs support 9,624 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 15,857 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

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

Washington, DC Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 270
Total Low Income Apartments 35,525
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 19,280
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 58.76%
Average Renter Household Size 2.13
Total Population 647,484
Housing Units 273,390
Average Household Size 2.22
Median Household Income $70,848 ±$843
Median Rent $1,327 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.99% ± 0.98pp

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