Homelessness In DC

Washington DC continues to see an increase in individuals experiencing homelessness. The total number of people experiencing homelessness decreased by 2.2% since 2019.

On any given night  there are 6,308 homeless persons in the District of Columbia:

  • 653 unsheltered persons (i.e. persons “on the street”);

  • 4,526 persons in Emergency Shelters; and

  • 1,201 persons in Transitional Housing facilities.

Below are some key factors that affect a person's vulnerability for homelessness.

Demographics

A person’s age, ethnicity, gender, and race will all affect how they engage the homeless services system.

Health and Disabilities

Overall,  the health of individuals still being served by the homeless services system is poor.

Experiences

A person’s experience with domestic violence, the foster care system, and institutional settings can affect how they interact with the homeless services system. 

Income & Employment

Most individuals experiencing homelessness are unable to obtain an income that can support their housing either through employment or benefit programs.

Subpopulations

While the number of transitional age youth, veterans, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ is relatively small, understanding the ways in which these populations engage with the homeless services system is critical. 

Point-in-Time (PIT) Dashboard

Our Impact

The Community Partnership serves as a focal point for efforts to reduce homelessness in the District of Columbia.

The total number of people experiencing homelessness decreased by 5.5% since 2018.

The total number of families experiencing homelessness decreased by 11.8% since 2018.

The total number of children in families experiencing homelessness decreased by 17.2% since 2018.

Recent News

December 16, 2019
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, hundreds of trained volunteers and experienced outreach professionals will come together to conduct a single-night count and survey of people experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia.
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