2017 Results Show Nearly 22 Percent Reduction in Families Experiencing Homelessness
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) released the District’s 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, which reflects the number of persons and families experiencing homelessness in the District on January 25, 2017. Compared to the 2016 results, this year’s count indicates a 21.8 percent reduction in the number of families experiencing homelessness; a 10.5 percent reduction in the number of persons experiencing homelessness; and a 2.7 percent reduction in unaccompanied individuals.
“We know that it is possible to end homelessness in Washington, DC. These results show that our efforts to prevent homelessness and connect more residents to safe and affordable shelter are paying off,” said Mayor Bowser. “We still have more to do, but we have made significant progress over the past two years, and we will continue this work until every DC resident has a safe place to call home.”
In 2015, the Bowser Administration released Homeward DC, a plan to make homelessness in Washington, DC rare, brief, and non-recurring. This multi-pronged approach brings to scale solutions to end homelessness, such as year-round access to shelter, a robust homeless prevention program, increased capacity of the homeless system to quickly connect families with housing opportunities, and expanded services for youth experiencing homelessness.
“We are so grateful for Mayor Bowser’s leadership and all of the partners who have come to the table to help us prevent and end homelessness,” said DHS Director Laura Zeilinger. “We are working every day to ensure each District resident experiencing homelessness has been offered the housing resources and supportive services they need.”
The Bowser Administration has invested more in affordable housing than any other jurisdiction in the country, committing more than $106 million to the construction and preservation of more than 1,200 housing units in the last fiscal year. Since taking office, Mayor Bowser has launched new homeless prevention services which have prevented a shelter stay for almost 3,000 families and increased investments in permanent housing programs by nearly 60 percent, developed interim eligibility to provide immediate shelter for families in urgent need, helped more than 2,700 families avoid homeless services system altogether and connected more than 1,800 veterans to permanent housing.