The D.C. government plans to erect more housing for the elderly in the area east of the Anacostia River which is now short of such facilities, city housing director Robert L. Moore announced yesterday.

Moore told a news conference that the city has applied to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funds to provide 250 units of such housing on two vacant sites. One site is at Fourth and Trenton streets SE, the other at Alabama Avenue and Hartford Street SE.

Moore said a survey showed that the District has 2,875 housing units city wide for the elderly in 15 buildings, and 2,438 more units currently planned. However, he said only one building, the 228-unit Capitol View Plaza at 59th and East Capitol streets SE is east of the Anacostia.

A workshop is planned on Sept. 20 to provide information about federally assisted programs to church and community groups interested in sponsoring housing projects east of the Anacostia, Moore said. Details will be announced later.

Moore also said the fully rehabilitated 20-unit Villager Apartments, at Southern Avenue and Suitland Road SE, are being occupied this weekend as the city's newest public housing development.