On May 10, 2019, Mayor Bowser signed an order directing District agencies to address housing affordability in the District of Columbia. The Housing Framework for Equity and Growth is our response to Mayor Bowser’s bold call to action. To start, the District needs to create 36,000 new residential units by 2025 with at least 12,000 affordable for low-income residents to ensure all residents can live in the city without being burdened by housing costs. An additional 7,200 affordable homes need to be preserved. Learn more about the Mayor’s Order on Housing here.
Washington, DC has grown significantly over the last decade and will continue to grow at a historic pace. Everyone, particularly our low-income residents, is paying more for housing. The current distribution of affordable housing is concentrated in some parts of the city while very limited in others. We have one of the most robust sets of affordable housing policies in the country with the largest per capita housing trust fund of any city in the United States. However, we know our current policies alone are not enough to encourage fair and affordable housing growth.
Achieving the Mayor’s ambitious goal requires the District to think differently about housing development. Working with multiple agencies across District Government and external stakeholders, the Office of Planning (OP) and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will conduct the Housing Framework for Equity and Growth, an in-depth housing systems analysis, to ensure all residents can access and afford housing across all areas of the city. Bold action to address housing affordability requires the entire city’s input and energy; throughout the summer, we will be engaging residents on their needs to guide our work.
Housing Framework for Equity and Growth
The Housing Framework for Equity and Growth is an analysis intended to inform how we produce more affordable and market rate housing in the District. It will help us understand the needs and challenges driving current housing production. This analysis will create more equitable distribution goals for housing production and development by examining public policies and regulations, market forces, and community dynamics.
Learn more about the Housing Framework for Equity and Growth in our brochure in the “Attachment Section” below.
Community Engagement Calendar
OP and DHCD are conducting a series of activities over the summer to learn about residents’ housing needs and gather feedback on the current distribution of affordable housing in the city. We encourage your participation at any of the following events.
- Saturday, June 15th: 11th Annual Housing Expo
- Wednesday, June 19th: Mayor’s Senior Symposium
- Thursday, June 20th: Ward 2 Analysis of Impediments Meeting
- Monday, June 24th: Ward 7 Analysis of Impediments Meeting
- Thursday, June 27th: Ward Infinity Town Hall
We will add more events throughout the summer. Please check back for additional opportunities to engage with us.
Provide Feedback Through Our Survey
If you would like to provide feedback on the District’s current distribution of income-restricted affordable housing or your current housing needs, please take our survey.
Housing and Housing Related Data
Learn more about the District’s current state of housing using the links below.
- Current Distribution of Income-Restricted Affordable Housing in the District
- Income-Restricted Affordable Housing by ANC
- DC Office of Planning State Data Center Data Visualization Portal
- DMPED Economic Intelligence Dashboard
Additional Housing Information and Programs
Learn more about the District’s current state of housing using the links below:
- Housing Types in the District
- Accessory Apartment Opportunities in the District
- – OP recommends potential amendments to the Zoning Commission and assists the Zoning Administrator and DHCD on the administration of the program.
- – With the help of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), OP studied the relative housing and transportation costs across the DC metropolitan area.
For more information on the resources available, contact Art Rodgers, Senior Housing Planner, at (202) 442-8801 or email [email protected].