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 2012 and 2013 Point-In-Time Surveys.


633,782 people are homeless
397,379 are homeless individuals
239,403 are homeless families

Nationally, 38% of the homeless populations are homeless families.

390,155 people are living in emergency shelters or transitional housing (sheltered)
243,627 people are unsheltered

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

Between January 2011-2012, homelessness overall declined less than 1 percent. Individual homelessness declined 1.4%, while family homelessness increased by 1.4%. This means that 3,222 people in family units became homeless between 2011-2012.

Out of an estimated population of 632,323, DC has 6,954 homeless people.  This means that DC has the 8th largest homeless population in the nation for a major city. New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego City rank 1, 2 and 3.

This information was curated from The 2012 Point-In-Time Estimates of Homelessness 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
6,865 people in Washington, DC are homeless
3,795 homeless people in DC are parts of families.
2, 236 are homeess children while 1, 559 are parents

There are 1,231 homeless families in Washington, DC.

Since 2010 homelessness in the District of Columbia has risen 18%. In that time, family homelessness in DC has risen 50%.

This information was curated from the Homeless in Metropolitan Washington: Results and Analysis from the 2014 Point-In-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the Metropolitan Washington Region.