Every year, on a single night in January, volunteers across the United States conduct a Point-In-Time (PIT) count of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals across the country. This count includes sub-counts of those that are chronically homeless, homeless veterans, and those in shelters, transitional housing programs, safe havens, emergency shelters and permanent supportive housing programs. The following information is from the 2016 Point-In-Time Survey.


549,928 people are homeless
357,453 are homeless individuals
192,475 are homeless families

Nationally, 35% of the homeless populations are homeless families.

373,571 people are living in emergency shelters or transitional housing (sheltered)
176,357 people are unsheltered

Nationally, one-third of the homeless population is unsheltered.

Between January 2015 and January 2016, homelessness overall declined by 3 percent. The number of sheltered people declined by five percent (17,869 people) between 2015 and 2016, while the number of unsheltered people increased by two percent (3,089 people) over the same period.


This information was curated from The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more, check out the Homelessness Resource Exchange.


11,547 people throughout the DC metropolitan area are homeless
8,350 people in Washington, DC are homeless
4,667 homeless people in DC are parts of families

There are 1,491 homeless families in Washington, DC.

Out of an estimated population of 681,170, DC has 8,350 homeless people.  This means that DC has the 5th largest homeless population in the nation for a major city, including a 14% increase in the homeless population from 2015 to 2016. New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle rank 1, 2 and 3. DC also has the 3rd largest population of homeless families in the nation, behind New York City and Los Angeles.

Since 2007 homelessness in the District of Columbia has risen 57%. In that time, family homelessness in DC has risen 191%.

From 2015 to 2016 the number of people experiencing homelessness as part of a family increased by 34% in the District of Columbia.


This information was curated from the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness 2016 Point-In-Time Enumeration.