Over 2,000 new affordable housing units have gone up in DC since 2015, and another 8,000 are under construction or in the pipeline. Check out this map to explore the most up-to-date data on the last two years’ worth of completed, under construction, and planned affordable housing in DC.




The data in the map is courtesy of the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). New housing production and preserved units are both on the map, including units created through the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) program.

You may notice that there are far fewer affordable housing units northwest of 16th Street, and that the projects with lots of units are often grouped in the same area.

Here is a layout of the units broken down by Area Median Income:


Most of the units, whether on the way or already completed, fall above the 50% AMI range, which does not target the people most in need. However, there is a big increase in the number of units that are in the pipeline is for income range below 50% AMI.

Affordable housing is funded in several different ways. For new and preserved units that aren’t inclusionary housing, projects secure some private funding and the city’s role is to provide money to close the financing gap via both federal funds and the city’s Housing Protection Trust Fund. IZ units, on the other hand, are 100% privately funded.

The map’s data does not parse out which units are funded by the federal government, DC, or private funding.

For more data visualizations, check out DMPED’s Affordable Housing Tracker.

What does this data say to you?

Claire Jaffe was born in DC and now lives in the U Street area. She is a University of Michigan graduate and currently works at Coalition for Smarter Growth. On her off time, Claire can be found biking the street of DC or exploring the many green spaces throughout the region.