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D.C. Can't Keep Up with the Demand for Public Housing

While those with lower incomes continue to cope with skyrocketing rents and gentrification, Washington, D.C. continues to struggle to ease issues like displacement and a limited number of public housing units. With data from a recent report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, DCist reported that 78 percent of the public housing projects in the District need major renovations, such as new heating and cooling systems, roofs, and more. With over 6,500 public housing units in need of work, that totals to a cost estimated to be $1.3 billion in renovations. To put that in perspective, in 2015, the D.C. Housing Authority was only given $14 million for capital improvements.

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