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Fast Facts:
  • The District of Columbia was home to 689,545 people and 312,448 households in 2020. Since 2010, DC has added an average of 4,600 households and 5,400 housing units per year.
  • Fifty-eight percent of households were renters and 46 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • DC has adopted the 2030 COG housing targets and established a goal of 36,000 new homes by 2025, 12,000 of which are to be affordable below 80% of DC’s median family income.
  • DC continues to exceed the annual production target of 4,587 units, with 9,887 new units built in 2021. Cumulatively, DC has produced more than 24,000 units since 2019.
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Policy Status

Solving the region's affordable housing crisis requires a portfolio of policies to preserve existing affordable housing, produce more housing, and protect people from discrimination and displacement.

Preserve

Right of First Refusal

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Preservation Inventory

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Rental Assistance Demonstration

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Produce

Inclusionary Housing

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Housing Trust Fund

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Tax or Fee Exemptions

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Public Land

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Affordable Housing in TOD Priority

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Protect

Affordable Housing Priority

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Prevention of Displacement Priority

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Homebuyer Assistance

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Emergency Rental Assistance

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Housing First

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Local Tenant Vouchers

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Affordable Housing in All Neighborhoods

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Housing Outcomes

Local jurisdictions submitted data to enable the region to track housing production, preservation, and rental affordability.

Structural Racism

Discriminatory actions and racist public policies have produced inequitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Washington region, including lower incomes and wealth, lower homeownership rates, and higher rates of housing cost burden.

Housing Context

Understanding how household incomes relate to the supply of affordable rental and homeownership units will inform jurisdictions' efforts to meet the current and future housing needs of residents.

Elected Officials

  1. Muriel Bowser

    Mayor

  2. Kenyan McDuffie

    Chair Pro Tempore; Council Member - Ward 5

  3. Anita Bonds

    At-Large Council Member

  4. Christina Henderson

    At-Large Council Member

  5. Elissa Silverman

    At-Large Council Member

  6. Robert C. White, Jr.

    At-Large Council Member

  7. Charles Allen

    Council Member - Ward 6

  8. Mary M. Cheh

    Council Member - Ward 3

  9. Vincent C. Gray

    Council Member - Ward 7

  10. Janeese Lewis George

    Council Member - Ward 4

  11. Brianne K. Nadeau

    Council Member - Ward 1

  12. Brooke Pinto

    Council Member - Ward 2

  13. Trayon White, Sr.

    Council Member - Ward 8

Equity Officer

  1. Dr. Amber Hewitt

    Chief Equity Officer

Housing Officials

  1. Brenda Donald

    Executive Director, DC Housing Authority

  2. Christopher E. Donald

    Executive Director & CEO, DC Housing Finance Agency

  3. John Falcicchio

    Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

  4. Drew Hubbard

    Interim Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development