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

  • In 2020, 6,380 persons were counted as homeless by the 2020 Point in Time Count (CPPH)
    On any given night, there are over 7,500 individuals without homes in the District of Columbia. Families make up 52% 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)
  • 48% of Thrive DC clients report being homeless while 27% report sleeping in shelters or on the street. (2017 Thrive DC survey)
  • 76% of our homeless clients have been homeless longer than a year (2017 Thrive DC survey).
  •  1 out of 4 clients have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. (2017 Thrive DC survey)

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

Learn More

Want to know more about homelessness in the nation’s capital? Check out the most recent Point In Time count from 2020

On January 28, 2019, the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP), joined by hundreds of volunteers, conducted the PIT Count on behalf of the District.

The PIT Count provides a “snapshot” of the number and demographic characteristics of adults and children who were experiencing homelessness in the District on that day.


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: