On any given night in the District of Columbia there are 3,403 single persons and 1,007 adults and children in 347 family households who are experiencing homelessness.
These households include:
690 unsheltered persons (i.e. persons “on the street”);
2,754 persons in Emergency Shelters; and
966 persons in Transitional Housing facilities.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia has decreased in recent years. However, TCP recognizes that the system is in a period of transition as COVID-19 continues to influence how, why, and when individuals and families may access CoC services.
That said, we are looking ahead to a post-pandemic world. While some activities associated with the District’s pandemic response will end, the CoC is working to maintain best practices that are having promising system impacts; developing permanent system innovations to foster further positive change; and is preparing for potential inflow into the CoC as the eviction moratoria and COVID-specific measures begin to expire.
Below are some key factors that affect a person's vulnerability for homelessness.
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.
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.
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.