BenefitsGPS Neighborhoods tool is now available to DCHA customers. Want to know where in DC are the best schools and daycare centers for your kids? Do you know where in the city are jobs you may qualify for? Are you looking for an apartment close to public transportation? Want to live in a thriving and safe community? We can help you find a new home that is best for you and your family. BenefitsGPS Neighborhoods is a new tool that will give you information about places in D.C. that best fit your family’s needs. Click here to access the Neighborhoods tool.

DCHA has the right to change the approved rents for any submarket at any time.

The HCVP submarket rents shall be used for any complete NEW MOVE-IN package submitted to DCHA on or after January 15, 2019.

The amount of rent increase a landlord is entitled is governed by the DCHA rent increase policy (DCMR 14) and these submarket rents posted are not reflective of what a landlord is entitled to as a rent increase annually.

Typically in October to December of each calendar year HCVP conducts a rental market analysis of the unassisted rented units in District of Columbia. Unassisted comparables do not include any units rented that are tax credit, subsidized with local funds, or subsidized with Federal funds (including existing voucher assisted units). HCVP will only review unassisted units rented in that legal submarket (i.e. Anacostia, Capitol Hill..). HCVP utilizes resources from an unbiased legal searchable database (that includes the MRIS database/Realtor MLS), validation of market rents paid from conducting a canvass of the submarket asking market tenants what they are paying, or data that has been validated to determine what is a market rent in each submarket – with/without utilities included. Because the approved HCVP submarket rent without utilities uses the average utility allowance of units that are not all electric; the approved rent to the owner for a unit that is all electric may be slightly less where the family is responsible for utilities than what is advertised. The HCVP will provide to the family and/or owner what the approved submarket rent to the owner for units where the family is responsible for utilities of an all electric dwelling at the time of Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) package is submitted to HCVP. HCVP may adjust each submarket rent annually or if it determines the submarket rents have gone up or down by 10% or more.