DCist: One fifth of Ward 7 and 8 residents believe housing costs will force them to move in the next three years

DCist, July 15, 2019: One-fifth of Ward 7 and 8 residents believe housing costs will force them to move in the next three years

In increasingly expensive D.C., about 20% of residents in Wards 7 and 8 anticipate being unable to afford their home and needing to move in the next three years.

Residents in other parts of the city aren’t immune to intensifying housing pressures, including 12% of Ward 5 and 9%t of Ward 4, who also say they expect they’ll need to move in that time frame because of an inability to pay their landlord or bank. But the sense is greatest in Ward 7 and 8, where 19% and 21% of residents, respectively, reported that they are “somewhat likely” or “very likely” to need to find a new home within three years.

That’s according to a new survey that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development released late last month. The study was done in collaboration with The Lab @ DC, a team in the Office of the City Administrator that conducts surveys and research to improve policy-making.

The DC Housing Survey was conducted to supplement research into the need for large rental units in D.C., but it also uncovered more information about housing insecurity more generally, particularly as it breaks down at a ward level.

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