National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

It’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. So this week on the blog, we’d like to share some facts you may not have known about homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital…

Homelessness in DC:

  • One day in January 2012, 11,830 people throughout the metropolitan Washington region indicated that they were homeless.
  • In D.C. alone, there are nearly 7,000 people who are homeless.
  • That means… for every 1,000 people in D.C., approximately 11.6 are homeless
  • Since 2008, homelessness in the District has increased 15%
  • Family homelessness is growing especially rapidly – rates in the metropolitan region are up 22.9% since 2008.
  • 17% of homeless single adults in the region in 2012 were employed.
  • One out of every 4 of the region’s homeless individuals are chronically homeless. (source: MWCOG)

Hunger in DC:

  • 12.6% of DC households were food insecure between 2009-2011 – that’s over 1 in every 10 households (USDA).

How Calvary helps:

  • Over the past year, Calvary provided women with over 15,000 nights of safe housing
  • Each year, our chef and volunteers served over 20,000 nutritious meals to women in our programs working to move out of homelessness.
  • Our budgeting, cooking, and nutrition education classes help prepare women for better food security when they move into their own homes.
  • Every five days a woman moves from Calvary to her own home.

How can you help during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week? Make a commitment to volunteer at Calvary – learn more on our website and sign up to get started. Or, donate to provide safe housing and nutritious meals for the women at our programs.

Recent Posts

Back to Blog
April 29, 2019

The 18th Annual Hope Awards Dinner - Auction…

Once in a lifetime experiences, rare collector’s items, exotic getaways… the silent and live auctions at the Hope Awards Dinner have something for everyone. Best of all, they’re jus…
June 3, 2019

Clenitha Comes Home to Sister Circle

Before arriving at Calvary Women’s Services, Clenitha was struggling with addiction and depression. “I was hopeless, homeless, and depressed. I didn’t know where I was going to get my help…
April 18, 2019

Calvary Women's Services to Recognize Hilton…

Members of Hilton’s Leadership Team during a visit to Calvary  In light of Hilton’s incredible commitment and support of our work, Calvary Women’s Services will recognize Hilton as our Par…