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 7,500 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)
- 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 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.
Want to know more about homelessness in the nation’s capital? Check out our handout on the State of Homelessness in DC.
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: