Homelessness + 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 27,000 individuals live in extreme poverty, unable to meet even their basic needs, including purchasing food. (source DC Hunger solutions).
- The poverty rate for women and girls increased by 13.7 percent in the D.C. Metro area in just one year (from 2009 to 2010), nearly twice the increase in the U.S. (source Washington Area Women’s Foundation study)
- Homelessness in D.C. increased by 6.2% from 2011 to 2012 and now stands at 6,954 individuals – a 9.3% increase since 2008. (source The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness)
- 49 percent of all homeless adults reported $0 in income of any kind, while three in ten adult homeless persons reported a chronic health problem (source The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness)
- 61% of Thrive DC clients reported being homeless while 54% reported sleeping in shelters or on the street. (source 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. (source 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.