Homelessness and Race

81% of people experiencing homelessness in the District are Black or African American. Black people are systematically denied economic opportunities because of Washington D.C.’s history of redlining and institutionalized racism, which leads to disproportionate rates of homelessness. This population also lacks access to healthcare services, which increases the risk of homelessness further. Information about resources designed to mitigate this is also inaccessible.

Friendship Place offers free drop-in medical care at its Welcome Center in Tenleytown, making medicine and psychiatric help accessible to individuals who wouldn’t ordinarily have those options. It also hosts its Anti-Racism Training Series, which gives multiple webinars on homelessness and anti-racism every year.

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2023, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,993 people, including 1,507 children in families and 670 veterans. We empowered 167 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.957.7834.

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