Unaffordable Housing Near Jobs in DC Metro Area

Unaffordable Housing Near Jobs in DC Metro Area
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The high cost of real estate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area keeps workforce households living on the periphery. According to a 2009 report, workforce households are largely priced out of both rental and for-sale housing near major employment centers in and around the city. With one of the strongest post-recession economies, and very low rates of new housing permits, the undersupply of workforce housing in the Washington, DC metro region is likely to continue into the future.

Major findings:

  • Over the next 20 years, there is an estimated need for approximately 5,000 new for-sale homes to meet the needs of workforce households, defined as households with incomes 60 to 100 percent of area median income (AMI).
  • There is a shortage of approximately 40,000 affordable housing units near major employment centers for households with 3 or more people.
  • Workforce housing needs in Washington, DC will likely go unmet if current conditions persist.