The Homeless population in D.C. has rose from 5,320 in 2007 to 6,539 in 2010 to 6,865 in 2013, according to HUD’s 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.
In absolute numbers, D.C. has experienced a larger increase in its homeless population since 2007 than all but three states—New York, Massachusetts, and Missouri—despite a much smaller total population than the states with the largest increases. In percentage terms, seven states had greater gains than D.C.’s 29 percent increase.
Compared with cities (and, in a few cases, metropolitan areas), D.C. has the eighth-biggest total homeless population. The seven cities and areas with larger numbers of homeless people all have larger overall populations than the District.