COVID-19 - The effects of the coronavirus on the numbers and composition of the homeless in DC are not yet fully understood. Anne Frank House is keeping abreast of the evolving situation and, while staying true to our mission, want to do our part in addressing current needs. We will coordinate with government and other organizations and tailor our programs to maximize effect.
Who are the homeless in DC?
6,500 men, women and children in the District of Columbia are homeless. About 600 live in our streets, alleys and parks; 4,680 in emergency shelters; and 1,230 in transitional housing.*
But each of these people has her or his own story.
“Permanent supportive housing” is widely recognized as the most successful and cost-effective strategy for ending chronic homelessness. In Washington, DC, it’s called “Housing First.”
Anne Frank House has employed this approach successfully for more than 30 years—providing permanent housing and social services support for homeless men and women with chronic mental illness.
*Source: Latest point in time survey, conducted January 23, 2019.