About Homelessness

Men. Women. Families. Seniors. Veterans. The mentally ill. The face of homelessness is not what you might imagine. With our city’s low wages and soaring cost of living, one job loss or medical issue could be the difference of having shelter or not.

Washington D.C., has one of the largest homeless populations in the nation.

  • 17.3 % of residents  in D.C. live in poverty
  • Homelessness in D.C. is 2x the national average
  • 124 homeless people   for every 10,000 people

According the the Point in Time 2017 Homelessness Report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released at the beginning of 2017, there were 7,473 homeless people on the streets the night of that report. That’s 7,473 too many.

Cause of homelessness in D.C.


Central Union Mission provides safe shelter for 170 men every night while providing programs to prevent them from returning to the streets.


With the support of compassionate friends like you, we are making an impact on homelessness in the District.


Download and print Compassion Cards to give to the people you meet that are in need.


Homelessness in Washington, D.C.

For a quick view of local homelessness statistics broken out by household type, click here.

For further analysis on the homeless crisis in our city, read the full 2017 Point In Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness.

For national facts on Homelessness we invite you to read the State of Homelessness in America 2016 , the sixth in a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States.

*Statistics provided by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Homelessness Research Institute’s The State of Homelessness in America 2016 report.


**Information for Washington, D.C., area section provided by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Community Partnership to Prevent Homelessness and the United States Conference of Mayors.

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