The District’s 2019 Point-in-Time Homelessness Count numbers were released last week. Conducted on January 23, 2019, the PIT is the result of a collective effort on the part of hundreds of volunteers to go out on the streets of DC and tally the number of homeless citizens. This year’s results show a continued downward trend in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the District.
This year tallied 6,521 total people experiencing homelessness, down from last year’s 6,904, with 100% of children in families receiving some type of shelter. Also to be noted is an 11.8% decrease in family homelessness, with 815 total families counted compared to 924 in 2018. These are signs of growing and continued focus on homelessness by the city government and service organizations like Housing Up. Of course, there is more work to be done as there are still hundreds of families in need of shelter, but these numbers are a sign that the city is taking the issue seriously and progress is being made. The full report can be read here.