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Facts About Homelessness

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On any given night there are more than 560,000 people experiencing homelessness across the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

During D.C.'s annual point-in-time count in January 2019, there were 6,521 persons experiencing homelessness in the District, including 815 families with 1,593 children

But consider that D.C.'s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (which works with the U.S. Department of Education) reported 7,728 students were homeless during the 2018-2019 school year. (Note, this number does not include babies and toddlers.) Unlike HUD, the Department of Education defines a person experiencing homelessness as an individual who “lacks fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," which includes doubling-up.

Children experiencing family homelessness face the increased risks of mental health, behavior and health challenges, and are more likely to be behind in school, witness violence, or become victims of child sex trafficking.
 

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