Homelessness drops 11 percent citywide in one year

The number of homeless people in the District has dropped by almost 11 percent since last year, according to an annual study released Wednesday.

The report, conducted by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, found 7,473 people experiencing homelessness in D.C., according to a Department of Health release.

The study counted the homeless population of the city for one night on Jan. 25.

Almost 900 homeless people were unsheltered, 5,363 were housed in an emergency shelter and 1,213 were in a transitional housing program on the night the study was conducted.

This year, the total number of families experiencing homelessness decreased by 22 percent.
The number of individual homeless people dropped by 3 percent. The number of people on the streets nearly tripled because of the warm weather and that last year the study was conducted a few days after a blizzard, according to the release.

Foggy Bottom residents have rallied to fight homelessness in the area. Neighbors launched a task force to examine the subject in 2015.

This February, a homelessness camp by the Whitehurst Freeway blocks from campus was dispersed by D.C. sanitation workers for at least the second time in two years.

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