#1. Washington DC
- State homeless population, 2019: 6,521 (0.95% of state population, -5.5% change from 2018)
- Gender demographics: 58.6% men, 40.6% women
- Race demographics: 6.3% White, 89.4% Black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% Native American or Alaska Native
- Ethnicity demographics: 4.8% Hispanic/Latino, 95.2% Non-Hispanic/Latino
- Urban area with the largest homeless population: District of Columbia (6,521 people, 100.0% of state homeless population)
Around 39% of homeless people in Washington D.C., say that the loss of a job is what’s responsible for their lack of shelter, according to a survey from the 2019 Point-in-Time count. The District is the only place in the region that guarantees shelter for people in need during the winter—a policy that some officials say draws homeless people from other areas, according to Martin Austermuhle of WAMU. However, the survey also indicated that the majority of homeless people in Washington D.C., lived there before they became homeless.
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