Nearly 7,000 people are homeless
on any given night in DC.
Affordable housing in our city has shrunk by more than 50% over the past 10 years, while the waiting period for public housing can exceed decades. In fact, the wait list is so long that the DC Housing Authority has actually given up on adding new names.
Homelessness can lead to chronic health problems, and it makes thousands of people in our city especially vulnerable to physical and sexual violence.
We’re working to end homelessness by helping people find and maintain affordable housing while tackling the problem at the source.
- Through our housing assistance programs, case managers help folks secure and maintain affordable housing. We even often help newly housed families find cheap or free furniture!
- Our housing lawyers help people defend against eviction and rent increases among other housing matters.
- On top of all that, we’re addressing some of the root causes of homelessness with advocacy for affordable housing and new programs that focus on mental illness and domestic violence — two leading causes of homelessness.
Gene Braxton, known affectionately around here as Buster, is a disabled senior who came to Bread for the City for housing assistance. He had been on the DC Housing Authority waiting list for 12 years, regularly calling to check up on his status and repeatedly being asked to wait. For 12 years, he stayed on friends’ couches or with family members, with no fixed address or place to call home.
He came to Bread for the City to work with a housing case manager in our Housing Access Program. Four months later, Buster had an apartment in Northeast DC.
“It feels good to have your own keys,” says Buster. At 63 years old, he’s thrilled to have his name on a lease for the first time in his life.