WASHINGTON (TND) — Washington D.C. is overpaying for public housing and it's costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to The Washington Post. The investigation found that the district's Housing Authority routinely paid above market rates for their public housing program.
CEO and founder of Open the Books Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat Friday morning to discuss the issue.
“Since 2009, the District of Columbia doesn't check on their housing voucher program if the voucher they're doling out exceeds the market rate and this is a program for our most vulnerable people, our poor people,” he said. “The vouchers have been exceeding market rates and wasting taxpayer money.”
The investigation also looked into the housing that was offered as well as the unreasonably high prices that were paid without question.
“The Washington Post did a deep dive where they pulled 4,000 contracts out of about 16,000 and found that those contracts were paid above market rates," Andrzejewski said.
The district's Housing Authority distributes more than 15,000 housing vouchers a year but rising DC rents have led to a staggering voucher waitlist. Over 30,000 people are now waiting.