The line of people wanting to sign up for affordable housing wrapped around the block in Northwest Washington Tuesday, but many left disappointed.
The residents lined up for a spot on the waiting list for an apartment in a 230-unit building in the 3500 block of 14th Street Northwest. Some of those in line said they’d been waiting since last evening despite rain and winds.
At the end of the line was a single man working part-time at a grocery chain.
"It's basically trying to find something you can afford. It's hard,” DeAngelo Spann said.
The managers of the building took the high interest as a sign of the desperation for affordable housing in the city these days.
"Many people are homeless living in shelters, crammed in very small apartments. There's a huge need and unfortunately there's not enough housing for thousands,” said Santiago de Angulo, apartments manager at Hubbard Place.
By the time the doors opened, many waiting were frustrated by the cold weather and people trying to cut in line. Police were called to keep order.
The first in line said managers handed them applications and told them to come back the next day.
"I stayed out here all night for them to take my ID, a copy of it and tell me to come back on the 30th,” one said.
Hubbard Place apartments managers says those earliest in line will have their applications considered first. They will still have a minimum wait of a year to a year-and-a-half before they can actually move in.