Number of homeless in DC rises 13 percent

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Advocates say the number of people living on the street or in shelters is up 13 percent from last year at more than 7,000. They blame the lack of affordable housing in the city.

One in five D.C. residents spend more than half their income on rent.

The official tally is at 7,750 homeless in the District. Government officials say most single moms between the ages of 18 and 24 make up the majority of homeless families living in shelters. What's most troubling is that the face of homelessness has changed. Many folks are actually working but simply cannot afford housing.

Now Mayor Vince Gray plans to end homeless by 2017 by first asking landlords for available units throughout the city with a goal of placing 500 families in homes in 100 days. So far, more than two dozen families have already been placed. That campaign ends July 10th.


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