D.C.'s Affordable Housing Options Decrease

50% drop in affordable units since 2000

By WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
|  Sunday, May 6, 2012  |  Updated 5:57 PM EDT
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D.C.'s Affordable Housing Options Decrease

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With housing prices and rents in the District continuing to skyrocket, the city's affordable housing stock is rapidly vanishing, according to a new report released by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

The local think tank says over the past decade, the number of affordable rental units in the city decreased by half, and the number of lower-value homes fell by nearly three quarters. And during this time, rents have escalated rapidly, even during the recent economic downturn.

A typical one-bedroom apartment cost $1,100 a month in 2010, even when adjusting for inflation, that's 50 percent more than in 2000. But household incomes have not kept pace with the rising housing costs, and the study shows that one in five District households now pays more than half of their income on housing.

D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute's Jenny Reed says there are steps city officials can take, such as boost the District's Housing Production Trust, which remains the city's main vehicle for creating and maintaining affordable housing units.

Complete story at wamu.org

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