DC to close waiting list for public housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia's public housing agency plans to close its waiting list for the first time due to "unreasonable" wait times for placement.

The Washington Post reports the waiting list includes more than 70,000 names. Officials acknowledge demand for public housing and rental vouchers overwhelm the city's supply. The list closes April 12.

A report last month by the district's inspector general recommended the D.C. Housing Authority should stop taking new applicants because the wait list has contributed to "unreasonable" time frames for placement. The report says a resident seeking a one-bedroom apartment could expect to wait 28 years.

Officials plan to examine the list and remove names that haven't been updated in years.

Advocacy groups say an overhaul of the system could improve the process.