Help Make Sure Everyone Is Counted!

Help Make Sure Everyone Is Counted!

On January 23, 2019, hundreds of trained volunteers and experienced outreach professionals will come together to conduct a single-night count and survey of the people experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. You can help make sure everyone is counted. Join us!
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The Point in Time (PIT) count provides a “snapshot” of the number and demographic characteristics of adults and children experiencing homelessness on that day. The count is an important tool to help Miriam’s Kitchen and our partners to identify the gaps in the system, inform our programming and advocacy, and more efficiently connect our neighbors to safe and stable housing.

The PIT count also helps us measure progress toward ending homelessness in our nation’s capital. Last year’s count showed that overall homelessness decreased by 7.6% and family homelessness decreased by 19.4%. However, there was a slight uptick in chronic homelessness—showing that we need to double down on our efforts to end chronic homelessness.

Gathering data is an important first step towards addressing DC’s homelessness crisis and must compel us towards action. That is why we are calling on Mayor Bowser to create a moral budget and to end long-term homelessness by the end of her second term. To do this, she must invest $35.5 million in the upcoming budget—less than half of one percent of DC’s overall $14.5 billion budget—to house 1,140 individuals and 177 families.

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Thank you for lending your voice and actions to the overall efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness in our nation’s capital.