D.C.’s Public Housing Waitlist to Close

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File photo of a "for rent" sign outside of an apartment. (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of a “for rent” sign outside of an apartment. (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — If you’re waiting for public housing in D.C., you’re not alone.

About 70,000 names are on the waitlist, and the queue is going to be capped for the first time starting next week, according to a Washington Post report.

The inspector general recently criticized the Housing Authority for unreasonable wait times, which can stretch up to 28 years.

When the list is closed, it will be examined by authority officials, who also plan to reassess the system. Most names already on the list will stay, but some could be booted. The inspector general’s critical report said at least 10 people on the list in 2011 were dead.

To get on the list, visit ­dchousing.org or call 202-535-1000.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow Matt and WNEW on Twitter.

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