The District of Columbia City Council approved its fiscal 2019 budget and included nearly $112 million for the District of Columbia Housing Authority, an increase of more than $26 million compared to last fiscal year.

The city funding will help support the Local Rent Supplement Program, a voucher program similar to the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, but for D.C. proper. These programs provide ongoing rental assistance for some 4,000 extremely low-income households living in the city. More than $20 million was designated for tenant-based vouchers, which includes new flexibility to use those funds to assist eligible households in paying for application fees and security deposits. This flexibility will overcome a common issue low-income families and individuals face when trying to move to a new home.  

The city continued to fund the HomeWard D.C. plan to end homelessness with $18.8 million in tenant-based vouchers for Permanent Supportive Housing and Targeted Affordable Housing. There is $1.2 million marked for pulling families from DCHA’s waiting list and $325,000 earmarked for seniors.

A new Shallow Subsidy for Seniors was funded at $736,000 and is targeted to senior-headed households at or below 60 percent AMI, or area median income, who are not receiving any other rental subsidy, but are paying more than 30 percent of their income towards rent. Eligible individuals will receive up to $600 a month. It is estimated that 100 households will be assisted through this new subsidy.

The budget also includes Local Assistance Funding, project-based voucher funding to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing, operation subsidy for existing affordable housing projects, and money to support new affordable developments.

Additionally, the fiscal 2019 proposed budget includes $4.2 million that will help DCHA maintain its public safety program that supports the agency’s public housing management operations and the efforts of the Metropolitan Police Department. This funding accounts for nearly half of the total operating costs of DCHA’s police force, which began in the 1990s and is among the few housing authority forces.







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