Every county in America is facing an affordable housing crisis. Nationally, a wage of $20.30 per hour is needed to rent a two-bedroom apartment. That’s 2.8 minimum wage full-time jobs. In the District of Columbia, you need to make $31.21 an hour. That’s the second highest rate in the country.
Currently, more than 47,000 families are on a closed waiting list to receive affordable housing in D.C. Some have waited over 25 years, yet affordable, public housing continues to be demolished. Barry Farm - the first African American home-owning community in the District - is one of the largest public housing complexes in D.C. Under the 2005 New Communities Initiative, it is one of the next affordable housing communities to be demolished.
Today, families live in limbo. The homes are falling apart, but with no set demolition date and little to no affordable housing elsewhere in the District, families hesitate to move out. This is the Barry Farm story.