Citing its unmanageable size and the need to make reforms, D.C. public housing officials said Wednesday that they are considering suspending the city’s waiting list for housing aid.
D.C. Housing Authority officials told a gathering of housing advocates this week that the list could close indefinitely before the end of the year as they determine how to improve its function.
There are more than 67,000 households on the list, spokeswoman Dena Michaelson said. Waiting times vary depending on the circumstances, she said, but a person seeking a one- or two-bedroom apartment can now expect to wait more than 20 years for one of about 8,000 DCHA-managed units or 10,500 federally funded vouchers.
“We’re talking about suspending the list in order to fix the problems,” Michaelson said. “We need to increase transparency, we need to manage expectations and we need to enhance choice.”
While Michaelson acknowledged that the list could temporarily close, she added that there is no specific date when that might happen.