Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate
for the health and well-being of himself and his family including...housing.
-Article 25, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2012 Point In Time Count
It has been 61 years (1948) since the United States adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recognizing housing as a human right. According to the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty, approximately half of all Americans strongly believe that adequate housing is a human right and two-thirds believe that government programs may need to be expanded to ensure this right.
Every year The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homeless does a one day, Point in Time survey. These are the facts for our community:
- 12,000+ people are homeless in the greater DC metropolitan area
- 6,228 people are homeless in our nation’s capital
- 1,923 are chronically homeless, which means an unaccompanied adult with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years
- 30% are employed
- 26% struggle with substance abuse
- 17% have a mental illness
- 15% are dually diagnosed with both mental illness and alcohol or drug addiction
People coming into Friendship Place face greater challenges than the average homeless person:
- 70% have a mental illness
- 30-35% struggle with substance abuse
What does that mean to us?
- Friendship Place is the sole provider of outreach services in Ward 3
- High Users of Services: 10% of the homeless (the chronically homeless) consume 50% of the resources.
The Friendship Place Outreach Area consists of:
- West of Rock Creek Park
- East of the Potomac
- North of W Street
- South of Western Avenue
View Friendship Place Outreach Area in a Google map.