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Homelessness in Washington, DC


The Current State

In 2022, there were 4,400 people experiencing homelessness in DC. (Point in Time Count)
While this number has been trending down in recent years, thanks to significant funding from the city and extraordinary efforts from nonprofit providers, there are still thousands of people without stable housing. Almost anyone driving through the District or walking through downtown has seen the encampments.

Why It's Still A Problem

  • Housing is Expensive
    For every two very low-income households, there is only one available and affordable home. More than half of these households are paying over half of their income in rent, and are just one emergency away from disaster. People with unsustainable incomes are competing for extremely limited resources.
  • Lack of Prevention
    The city doesn’t yet have good systems in place to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. Each year, over 2,000 new individuals become homeless for the first time. In 2019, it was measured that one in five people coming home from prison became homeless within three months of their release.
  • Difficult to Escape
    As one client told our Executive Director, “being homeless is a full-time job.” Once someone has lost their stability, it can be exhausting to travel to 10 different places across the city for the 10 different things: meals, shower, laundry, mail, employment, housing, medical, etc. How can someone escape their situation if they spend all their time just trying to survive?

Our Approach 

At Thrive DC, our mission is to end and prevent homelessness in our nation’s capital. We strive to be a one-stop shop providing comprehensive services, everything from meals to transitional housing. We meet clients where they are, with “low barrier services” and step-up programs to help them get back on their feet.

Help Us Change Our City

We believe everyone has the potential to thrive when offered dignity, caring and compassion, and we are working toward a vision of our city where everyone has an equal chance to utilize that potential.
1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 737-9311

Client Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Staff Hours: 
Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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