On any given night, there are more than 2,000 chronically homeless individuals sleeping on the streets of Washington, DC. These individuals have been homeless for more than a year or at least three times in the last four years. Many are also living with disabling physical or mental health issues.
Homelessness, of both individuals and families, is on the rise in Washington, DC, even as homeless rates fall nationwide. But there is hope and we know the solution.
The most cost-effective and successful way out of chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing.
Along with a permanent place to live, support services are often necessary to assist the most vulnerable of the chronically homeless population. These support services include help obtaining and maintaining benefits, finding and keeping employment, and accessing health, mental health, and addiction treatment services.
Why is permanent supportive housing the solution?
Imagine how tough it would be to accomplish your goals if you always had to worry about where you were going to get your next meal or lay your head down at night. Chronically homeless individuals and families don't necessarily have different problems than any of us, it's just harder to work on them while living on the street.
We know that permanent supportive housing works. Washington, DC has the highest permanent supportive housing retention rate in the country (at 94%) and we've seen great improvements from the people who are currently in permanent supportive housing.
That’s why permanent supportive housing is the solution.
Speak up today and send a message to Washington, DC that permanent supportive housing is critical.
You can help end chronic homelessness in our Nation’s Capital.