Scenes from Washington, DC's 2015 Point-in-Time Count

A crowd gathers to hear speakers before the Washington, D.C. Point in Time count begins
Washington, DC's 2015 point-in-time count started in the basement of the National City Christian Church. An estimated 350 volunteers gathered to meet their team leaders and hear speeches from the mayor and federal officials before heading out to survey the city's population of people experiencing homelessness.

Several NCFY staff members joined over 350 volunteers on Wednesday, January 28, at the Washington, DC, point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds services for the homeless in communities across the nation through its Continuum of Care program. Every year, grantees of the program are required to survey their homeless populations on one night in January. People in shelters must be counted every year; people not staying in shelters must be counted every two years, or more often if the community so chooses.

Led by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, Washington, DC, performs the count of unsheltered people every year, pulling in volunteers to canvas every street in the city. Last year's count (PDF, 3.1MB) found that 7,748 homeless people were on the streets of Washington, DC, or in shelters on January 29, 2014. 

Our staff joined a team including representatives from Sasha Bruce Youthwork, a FYSB grantee, and canvassed Ward 8, the far southeast region of the city.

[Listen to our conversation with Sasha Bruce's Dan Davis]

Read NCFY's coverage of previous Point-In-Time counts: 

"Lessons Learned Conducting Youth 'Point-in-Time' Counts"

"Bright Idea: Youth Participants Can Improve Point-In-Time Counts"

"Q&A: Samantha Batko of the National Alliance to End Homelessness on Counting Homeless Youth"

"Department of Housing and Urban Development Reports 2014 Estimates of Homeless Youth"

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