COVID-19 - Anne Frank House is increasing the number of homeless people we serve and coordinating with government and other organizations to tailor our programs to emerging needs, while staying true to our mission.
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.