Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Comprehensive Tracking Plan for Affordable Housing Inventory.


§ 42–2141. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Affordable housing unit” means a unit of housing that is offered for rent or for sale for residential occupancy and as a result of a federal or District subsidy is made available and affordable to households whose income levels are less than or equal to 120% of the area median income.

(2) “Area median income” means:

(A) For a household of 4 persons, the area median income for a household of 4 persons in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area as set forth in the periodic calculation provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development;

(B) For a household of 3 persons, 90% of the area median income for a household of 4 persons;

(C) For a household of 2 persons, 80% of the area median income for a household of 4 persons;

(D) For a household of one person, 70% of the area median income for a household of 4 persons; and

(E) For a household of more than 4 persons, the area median income for a household of 4 persons, increased by 10% for each household member exceeding 4 persons (for example, the area median income for a family of 5 shall be 110% of the area median income for a family of 4; the area median income for a household of 6 shall be 120% of the area median income for a family of 4).

(3) “Extremely low-income” means a household income equal to 30% or less of the area median income.

(4) “Homeless” means a person:

(A) Who is lacking a fixed, regular residence that provides safe housing and the financial means to acquire such a residence immediately; or

(B) Whose primary night-time residence is:

(i) A supervised publicly or privately operated shelter or transitional housing facility designed to provide temporary living accommodations; or

(ii) A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

(5) “Low-income” means a household income equal to, or less than, 80% of the area median income and greater than 50% of the area median income.

(6) “Very low-income” means a household income equal to, or less than, 50% of the area median income and greater than 30% of the area median income.


(Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 2092, 59 DCR 8025.)


§ 42–2142. Inventory tracking requirements.

No later than December 1, 2012, the Mayor shall transmit to the Council an implementation plan that details the budget and resources necessary to begin tracking the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (“DHCD”) affordable housing inventory. The plan shall explicate the process and analyze the budget and resources necessary to begin tracking the number of:

(1) Affordable housing units that remain under affordability restrictions administered by DHCD, including the number of units that are:

(A) Made affordable to low-income households;

(B) Made affordable to very low-income households;

(C) Made affordable to extremely low-income households;

(D) Made available for homeownership;

(E) Made available for rent; and

(F) Specifically allocated for:

(i) Individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS;

(ii) Individuals diagnosed with a mental illness;

(iii) Individuals diagnosed as deaf or hearing impaired;

(iv) Individuals, and families, who are homeless;

(v) Individuals who are victims of domestic violence; and

(vi) Individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability;

(2) Low-income, very low-income, and extremely low-income households and individuals currently residing in the affordable housing units described in paragraph (1) of this section, including those listed in paragraph (1)(F)(i) through (vi) of this section;

(3) Affordable housing units that will exit affordability restrictions within the next 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, or 40 years, including a delineation of their affordability levels and whether they are allocated for those individuals listed in paragraph (1)(F)(i) through (vi) of this section; and

(4) Affordable housing units in each ward, including a delineation of their affordability levels and whether they are allocated for those individuals listed in paragraph (1)(F)(i) through (vi) of this section.


(Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 2093, 59 DCR 8025.)