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2018 Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness in the District of Columbia

On January 24, 2018, The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) conducted the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count for the District of Columbia. 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. TCP has conducted the count, a requirement for all jurisdictions receiving Federal homeless assistance funding, on behalf of the District of Columbia since 2001. This single-day enumeration of the homeless services continuum of care gives TCP and our partners in District Government an opportunity to identify gaps in the current portfolio of services and informs future program planning with special consideration to Homeward DC, the local strategic plan to end homelessness.

The report shows that the total number of persons experiencing homelessness in the District decreased by 7.6 percent from 2017 and 17.3 percent than 2016. Family homelessness was decreased by 21 percent since last year and by nearly 40 percent since the 2016 PIT count. The number of individuals experiencing homelessness increased by 5.2 percent since 2017, though there was a net decrease in the percentage of unsheltered individuals, meaning more individuals were in a shelter program the night of the count.

The Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget includes $23 million in new investments in Homeward DC. This is the highest proposed increase to solutions to end homelessness among unaccompanied adults since the first year of implementation in FY16. Anticipating the need for greater resources for individuals, the Mayor’s FY19 budget includes $40 million for the construction of a new 801 East emergency and temporary housing program for men and $9.5 million to provide permanent supportive housing and other services to single adults experiencing homelessness.

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