In David Brinkley's article on affordable housing, he talks about how hard it was to procure housing in Washington during World War II. The government rapidly expanded during that period, and the housing market wasn't able to keep up with the massive influx of workers. Brinkley talks about high ranking officials; congressmen and agency department heads, who were living with roommates in hotel rooms.
Housing is still scarce in the district. Many young professionals are forced by financial constraints to live in the suburbs and commute to work every day. While suburban living can be ideal for family life, it is not as optimal for a social young professional who works long hours. Maybe employers should build dorm like buildings for there young employees?