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Who are the homeless in DC?  DC’s 2021 point-in-time count of the homeless found family homelessness dropped by a whopping 50 percent since 2020 but individual homelessness decreased by only 2 percent and experts worry this number may be temporary.  In stark numbers, 3,871 individuals were homeless in DC on January 27, 2021.

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.