Pandemic Supports Have Helped Reduce Family Homelessness In DC. What Will Happen When They’re Gone?

Eviction moratoria, unemployment benefits, federal stimulus checks, and Washington, DC’s requirement to extend short-term rental assistance helped the city reduce homelessness during the pandemic. Because of this decline, DC government has warned it may reduce funding for homeless services next year. Community activists worry that when current protections end, family homelessness could increase. “In a high-cost market like DC, you need to have that rapid-rehousing mechanism, but you also need to be building affordable housing and also having enough subsidies for families who need them,” said Mary Cunningham, vice president for the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

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