Homelessness in D.C. area up

A new report is out, saying that homelessness in the D.C. Metro area has increased in recent years.

The report, compiled by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, says “family” homelessness has increased by 23 percent in the five years since the recession began.{ }As of January 25, 2012, 1,765 families were counted as homeless--a{ }5.5 percent increase from 2011, the report said.

But, the overall homeless population has increased by only one percent. This year alone, there are more than 3,300 homeless children in our area.

As of January 25, 2012, 11,830 people throughout the metropolitan Washington region said they were homeless—a 0.4 percent decrease from 2011.

The new results account for D.C., the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.