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!
End homelessness for about 2,188 children by adding:
- $7 million in LRSP vouchers (to house 466 homeless families on the DCHA waitlist)
- $6.3 million in Permanent Supportive Housing (to house 200 homeless families in shelter or Rapid Rehousing requiring additional support services with housing)
- $2.1 million in Targeted Affordable Housing voucher (to house 428 homeless families in shelter or Rapid Re-housing)
Source: Fair Budget Coalition
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
- 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:
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Committee on Human Services Hearing on B22-635, Homeless Shelter Replacement Amendment Act of 2017 – March 14, 2018
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Education Public Hearing on the “Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017” – January 30, 2018
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Public Oversight Hearing on the Performance of the Metropolitan Police Department – February 29, 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 Committee on Human Services’ Roundtable on the “Family Shelter Crisis in Hypothermia Season” – February 3, 2014
- 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 District of Columbia City Council Human Services Oversight Hearing – March 11, 2011
- 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 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 DHS Performance Oversight Hearing – February 17, 2010
- Testimony of Jamila Larson, LICSW at the Department of Human Services Oversight Hearing – February 19, 2009
- Letters to city leaders from parents and children in shelters
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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.