For the second year in a row, the Bowser Administration has reduced homelessness among families by improving the quality of services and investing in housing solutions.

DHS is reducing homelessness among families by:

Mayor Bowser’s strategy to close DC General and replace it with smaller, service-enriched, community-based Short-Term Family Housing programs is well underway.

DHS is reshaping the homeless services continuum for families in communities across the city. This map shows the existing and planned permanent locations where families experiencing homelessness are temporarily placed in shelter.* The size and color correspond with the capacity and status of each program.

*The District also uses motels for overflow capacity as necessary to meet the full emergency need.

As of October 31, 2018, DHS and our partners at DC General are working with 0 families on their housing stabilization plans, and the goal is to move all families into permanent housing before DC General closes.

Families Scheduled to Exit
Week Rapid Re-Housing Supportive Housing
2018-07-11 - 2018-07-18 13 0
2018-07-18 - 2018-07-25 6 0
2018-07-25 - 2018-08-01 4 0
2018-08-01 - 2018-08-08 6 2
2018-08-08 - 2018-08-15 13 2
2018-08-15 - 2018-08-22 5 2
2018-08-22 - 2018-08-29 5 1
2018-08-29 - 2018-09-05 5 0
2018-09-05 - 2018-09-12 12 2
2018-09-12 - 2018-09-19 6 2
2018-09-19 - 2018-09-26 8 1
2018-09-26 - 2018-10-03 10 0
2018-10-03 - 2018-10-10 10 2
2018-10-10 - 2018-10-17 7 0
2018-10-17 - 2018-10-24 9 1
2018-10-24 - 2018-10-31 3 0
2018-10-31 - 2018-11-07 8 2

DHS stopped making shelter placements at DC General on May 15, 2018. For DC General families who have not yet exited to permanent housing, DHS and our partners continue working with them on their housing stabilization goals. If families are unable to move to permanent housing, DHS will ensure they have a safe place to stay.

What do these categories mean?

How are families implementing their Housing Stabilization Plans?

Connecting families to permanent housing is one way DHS is reducing the number of families experiencing homelessness, which enables us to close DC General.

What are the permanent housing options for families?

What are the other exit destinations?

We forecast net entries and exits in the homelessness system and compare it to the actual weekly system entries and exits.

DHS utilizes an open-source algorithm developed by Facebook which leverages an additive regression model to forecast seasonal trends as well as changes in entries and exits based on historical change points in the data.

This chart shows the actual and projected entries and exits over time. As you can see, there are instances of net inflows into the system, and other months show net outflows. This is simply a planning tool to ensure our homeless services system is well positioned to handle expected inflows based on historical performance. For more information about the algorithm, please check the following website:

Learn more about our progress toward ending homelessness in DC by visiting our blog.