Report: DC Area Sees Significant Drop in Homeless

A report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government indicates the number of homeless individuals in the Washington, D.C. area has dropped significantly in the past year. 

The study, released Wednesday, shows there are 11,128 homeless people in the region, a decrease of 1,087 when compared to the same time in 2016. 

Michael Ferrell, the chairman of the council's Homeless Services Planning and Coordinating Committee, says Washington itself experienced the largest reduction, down 877. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser says results show the city's efforts to connect its population to affordable accommodations. 

Arlington, Virginia was the only jurisdiction to see an increase, at 33 percent. 

Participating jurisdictions include Arlington, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George's and Prince William Counties, along with the cities of Alexandria and Washington. 

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