What is Subsidized Housing?
Subsidized housing is permanent housing in an apartment building where the tenant pays 30% of their income towards rent and the government pays (subsidizes) the rest. There are about 100 buildings in DC with this subsidy, but these buildings are all full to capacity, and each of the buildings maintains a waiting list. Some wait lists are so long that the building is not accepting any new applications. In addition to subsidized housing, other names for these buildings include “Site Based Section 8,” “Project Based Section 8,” or “In House Section 8.”
Who is Eligible?
Any low-income individual or family is eligible to apply for subsidized housing. Each building has its own eligibility criteria:
• Some buildings are open to anyone.
• Senior buildings require a minimum age of 62.
• Some senior buildings allow younger people to apply if they have a disabling condition, but they also require that all household members be at least 18.
How Do I Get On The Wait Lists?
At this time, the only way to get your name on a housing wait list is to complete and submit an application to each apartment building. There is no centralized process to apply. Each building has its own application, its own criteria, and its own wait list. You must apply separately at each building in which you are interested. Building wait lists open and close on individual schedules and are not coordinated with other buildings.