The D.C. Housing Authority sets payment standards as high as 187 percent of HUD’s “fair market” rent (capped at market rent by neighborhood) to enable families to search for housing in low-poverty areas of the city. Public housing authorities are improving landlord recruitment and retention with incentives. They need more local flexibilities, such as those available through the Moving to Work Demonstration Program, as well as sufficient federal funding.
Sunia Zaterman, Washington
The writer is executive director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities.