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Over 40,000 DC Families Remain on Housing Waiting List


More than 40,000 families remain on the waiting list of D.C. Housing Authority for Housing Choice Vouchers, even though the list was closed in 2013. The district has seen a continuous demand for safe and affordable housing as thousands of households struggle to pay their monthly rent.

Under the D.C. Flex program, for up to four years, a family can receive $7,200 a year assistance. However, to qualify for it, families are required to be employed and make 30 percent of the D.C. median income. A valid lease in a registered apartment within the district is also needed.

In addition, applicants should have previously applied for or received emergency housing or homelessness assistance.

Under the Flex program, up to $500 of leftover funds can be withdrawn by a family and used towards household expenses. The remaining sum can be withdrawn at the end of the program. A lottery system is used to select households.

At present, long-term subsidies or short-term emergency rental assistance is available in housing programs. In such expensive areas like D.C., many families require long-term vouchers which can cover housing costs.

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