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2019 Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness in the District of Columbia

On January 23, 2019, 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 5.5 percent from 2018. Family homelessness decreased by 12 percent since last year and by nearly 45 percent since the 2016 PIT count. The number of individuals experiencing homelessness increased by 2.8 percent since 2018, though there was a net decrease in the percentage of residents experiencing chronic homelessness.

The Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget includes $37 million in new investments in Homeward DC. In addition to making unprecedented investments in affordable housing opportunities, Mayor Bowser included $37 million to support homeless services and programming in the FY2020 budget, including more than $20 million to assist families experiencing homelessness successfully transition from shelter to permanent housing. The Administration launched a Homelessness Prevention Program which has successfully prevented a shelter stay for more than 7,000 families since 2016; connected 4,800 single adults and 4,600 families to permanent housing; expanded the Landlord Partnership Fund to support landlords who provide housing opportunities to our vulnerable neighbors; and, opened a new Downtown Day Services Center for individuals experiencing homelessness.