Homelessness and Hunger in DC

Increasing Numbers. Increasing Need

The District of Columbia has experienced a significant increase in homelessness and poverty in the last few years as evidenced by the following:

  • One-fifth of DC residents live in poverty, and more than 57,000 individuals live in extreme poverty, unable to meet even their basic needs, including purchasing food. (DC Fiscal Policy Institute).
  • On any given night, there are 7,784 homeless individuals in the District of Columbia. From 2013 – 2014 there was a 12.9% increase in homelessness. (The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness)
  • A lack of affordable housing and increasing rental prices are the two biggest obstacles to preventing and ending homelessness in the District. (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments)
  • 76% of Thrive DC clients report being homeless while 65% report sleeping in shelters or on the street. (2014 Thrive DC survey)
  • 45% of our clients use our laundry services at least once a week, 42% take showers here at least once week, and 60% need our toiletries at least once a week (2014 Thrive DC survey).
  • Nearly 80% of our female clients are living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic health problems—often without regular access to crucial medical care. (2014 Thrive DC survey)

Statistics such as these show the great importance of the emergency and long-term services Thrive DC provides to our most disadvantaged neighbors.

 To address the needs of our homeless community, we rely on the support of countless volunteers, donors, and advocates. If you would like to do something to help end and prevent homelessness, please consider:

Additional Resources:

DC Government Homeless Services

National Coalition for the Homeless