GENERAL CONTEXT

In January 2018, there were 6,904 persons experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C., according to the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness.  Of those, 600 were unsheltered, 5,095 were in an emergency shelter, and 1,209 were in transitional housing. Persons that are Black or African American are disproportionately affected by the drivers of homelessness in the Washington, with 88.4 percent of homeless adults being Black or African American, according to the Community Partnership. In the Mount Pleasant / Columbia Heights area of Washington, DC, there are a significant number of homeless Latinos. Of homeless adults in the Washington, 26.3 percent have severe mental illness, 19 percent have chronic health problems, and 14.4 percent have physical disability.

GENERAL INTRODUCTION