D.C. housing costs have skyrocketed while wages have not kept up. People with mental health challenges are some of the most difficult to house. The 2023 Point in Time (PIT) count, the annual census of individuals experiencing homelessness, saw an overall 11.6% increase in DC from 2022. To increase the number of exits to permanent housing, DC needs more mission-driven housing providers like Anne Frank House. Roughly 2,600 housing vouchers were matched to a needy person by the end of April 2023, but by summertime, only 600 people have been able to move into housing.
Each of these people has their own story.
“Permanent supportive housing” is widely recognized as the most successful and cost-effective strategy for ending chronic homelessness.
Anne Frank House has employed this approach successfully for 36 years—providing permanent housing and social services support for homeless men and women with chronic mental illness.
* Source: Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser. Point-in-Time survey conducted January 26, 2022.