The District Completes Annual Point In Time Count
Last week, with the help of The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) and over 300 community volunteers, the District completed the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count to identify and assess the needs of both sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness in the District.
This single-day enumeration of the homeless services continuum of care gives TCP and our partners in District Government an opportunity to identify gaps in the current portfolio of services, and informs future program planning with special consideration to Homeward DC, Mayor Bowser’s strategic plan to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in the District.
While providing remarks during the opening ceremony this year, Mayor Bowser pledged to provide the resources to improve services for unaccompanied individuals with the goal of mirroring the progress made in reducing family homelessness.
“In the latest budget, we’re building on the progress we’ve made with families by allocating more funding for resources that target programs for individuals experiencing homelessness. These investments include a brand new men’s shelter at 801 East and more permanent supportive housing.”
Key Statistics from Last Year’s PIT Count
• Overall homelessness decreased by 7.6% since 2017, and 17.3% since 2016;
• Family homelessness decreased by 21% since 2017 and 40% since 2016, and;
• Individual homelessness increased by 5.2% since 2017
The District’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget includes $23 million in new investments in Homeward DC, including the highest proposed increase to solutions to end homelessness among unaccompanied adults since the first year of implementation in FY16.
Anticipating the need for greater resources for individuals, the Mayor’s FY19 budget includes $40 million for the construction of a new 801 East emergency and temporary housing program for men and $9.5 million to provide permanent supportive housing and other services to single adults experiencing homelessness.