A SNAPSHOT OF FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN D.C.
Families are often called the “hidden homeless,” because they are not often seen outside on the streets. The reality, however, is that families experiencing homelessness in the District outnumber single adults who are homeless.
The District of Columbia has the highest homeless rate of 32 large cities, more than twice the national average, according to a December 2016 study by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The study says D.C. has 124 people who are homeless for every 10,000 residents.
BE AN ADVOCATE!
You can be a voice for the District’s most vulnerable residents. Here’s a sample letter you can customize in your voice and email to your councilmembers.
Download our fact sheets on family homelessness to learn more
Get your kids involved by downloading our Advocacy Tool Kit
- HCPP Letter to Mayor 2013
- Homelessness Fact Sheet for Children
- Tyanna Essay on Being Homeless
- Rights of the Child in Child Friendly Language
Read past testimonies from Playtime Project parents, staff, and volunteers:
- Letters to city leaders from parents and children in shelters
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Department of Human Services Oversight Hearing – February 19,2009
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Committee on Human Services DHS Performance Oversight Hearing – February 17, 2010
- Testimony of Ashley Wiegner, HCPP Site Coordinator, at the Committee on Human Services’ Roundtable on the “Status of the 2010-2011 Winter Plan” – October 6, 2010
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Committee on Human Services Hearing on the “Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2010″ – November 8, 2010
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the District of Columbia City Council Human Services Oversight Hearing – March 11, 2011
- Testimony of Alquanita Williams, previously homeless mother of 2 at the D.C. Council Committee on Human Services’ Budget Hearings – May 6, 2011
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Committee on Human Services’ Roundtable on the “Family Shelter Crisis in Hypothermia Season” – February 3, 2014
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Committee on Human Services Performance Oversight Hearing – February 26, 2014
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Public Oversight Hearing on the Performance of the Metropolitan Police Department – February 29, 2014
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Children experiencing homelessness are America’s Youngest Outcasts. They have gradually become a prominent part of a Third World that is emerging within our own nation. Despite their growing numbers, homeless children are invisible to most of us; they have no voice and no constituency. Without a bed to call their own, these children have lost safety, privacy, and the comforts of home as well as their friends, possessions, pets, reassuring routines, and communities. These losses combine to create a life-altering experience that [can inflict] profound and lasting scars.