What is chronic homelessness?
Someone experiencing chronic homelessnes has been homeless for years or repeatedly, and has a long-term health condition.
- People experiencing chronic homelessness are a small percentage of the general homeless population. On a given night in the District, approximately 1,500 individuals are experiencing chronic homelessnes, while over the course of a year, approximately 8,000 households experience homelessness.
- Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness can be extremely vulnerable Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness typically suffer from long-term and life-threatening health conditions. Without housing, treatment is sporadic and the health of these neighbors deteriorates.
- The chronically homeless population is aging In the District, approximately half of single homeless adults are over the age of 50. Chronically homeless individuals have an average life expectancy of 62.