Current Housing Facts

Updated Information on Housing in Washington D.C. 

In the District of Columbia, a worker earning the Minimum Wage ($10.50 per hour) must work
approximately 119 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, or earn more than $31/hour at 40 hours a week,
to afford a 2- bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent, which is $1,623 per month.

Washington, DC is the least affordable housing jurisdiction in the country compared to other “states.”

There are currently 41,000 households on the waitlist for the
DC Housing Authority’s Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs,
and the waitlist has been closed since 2013.

As of January, 2016, there were 1,491 homeless families containing 4,667 people
in the D.C. emergency shelter system, representing a 32% increase from the previous year.
This does not include many families who are doubled up with family or friends, or sleeping in abandoned buildings, cars or on the street. 


For more information and sources on our facts, please see the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless's Fact Sheet


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