In DC there are currently 7,748 persons experiencing homelessness. This is a 13% increase from last year.
Of this, 3,953 are unaccompanied adults and 3,795 are within a family (2,236 of which are children). Family homelessness has increased by 50% in the last four years.
Homelessness can happen to anyone. Each person is unique and their stories attest to that.
From SOME’s viewpoint, the first thing a homeless person needs is to be treated with respect and dignity.
Homelessness is defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the following:
People can become homeless for many reasons, some of which are due to a systemic issue out of the individual’s control. For example, affordable housing is the one of the leading causes of homelessness. In only a decade (2000-2010), the number of units renting at less than $750 per month fell nearly in half. Now, for a person on minimum wage to afford a one bedroom apartment at the fair market rate, they’d have to work at least 97 hours per week.
According to the latest Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons, the two most prevalent subpopulations of homeless individuals were formerly institutionalized/incarcerated individuals and individuals with a debilitating illness. Additionally, unaccompanied homeless adults had the following characteristics:
SOME and our community partners advocate for funding that will prevent and end homelessness by increasing:
We also collaborate to improve protections and services for homeless people, including: