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 over 7,300 individuals without homes in the District of Columbia. Families make up 40% of our homeless community. (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. Since 2002, the District has lost 50% of its affordable housing while annual rent has increased by $3,000. (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.
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