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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.


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.

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Fact – The National Center on Family Homelessness

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.