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District Launches Housing Locator Service

Thursday, January 29, 2009
DCHousingSearch.org is available free of charge to individuals looking for housing and to property owners/managers who want to list available dwellings located in the District of Columbia.

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, with Department of Housing and Community Development Director Leila Finucane Edmonds, announced today the launch of the District’s new housing locator service, DCHousingSearch.org. The service is available free of charge to individuals looking for housing and to property owners/managers that want to list available dwellings located in the District of Columbia. 

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said the new service will make it “easier to identify where available affordable housing is located” in the city.

The new service allows people to locate available housing that best fits their individual and family needs using a wide variety of search criteria, including number of bedrooms and baths; rent and deposit information; location (with map link); special amenities; and accessibility features for people with disabilities.

“We are committed to building enduring communities for residents of the District of Columbia,” said DHCD Director Leila Finucane Edmonds. “DCHousingSearch.org magnifies DHCD’s ability to assist individuals looking for available quality housing.”

DCHousingSearch.org also connects people to housing resources through website links and provides helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renter rights.

DCHousingSearch.org is accessible via the Internet 24 hours a day. Individuals without access to a computer can locate available housing through a toll-free, bilingual call center (1-877-428-8844) Monday – Friday from 9 am to 8 pm EST. This assistance is also free of charge.

Director Edmonds said all affordable housing development projects funded by DHCD will be listed on the site. The DC Housing Authority will also list all of its developments and managed developments on DCHousingSearch.org.

Socialserve.com, a nonprofit technology provider, was chosen through a competitive proposal process to develop, maintain and support the service for the District. Socialserve.com has successfully implemented online affordable housing locators in more than 20 other jurisdictions, including Maryland, New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, and Los Angeles County, California.