On a given night, 882 unaccompanied women are experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. Recognizing that their experiences differ from those of men or of women in families, the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) Women’s Task Force, together with The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, led the first‐ever survey research project to gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics, experiences and needs of these unaccompanied women who are homeless. The women’s community including women’s homeless services providers, victim’s services providers, advocates, and a range of other stakeholders engaged in the design and implementation of this project. Highlighting the trauma and violence faced by women, the 2017 DC Women’s Needs Assessment Report will inform policy and resource planning by the District’s ICH.
The ICH Women’s Task Force is co-chaired by Kris Thompson, Executive Director of Calvary Women’s Services, and Wanda Steptoe, Executive Director of New Endeavors, with additional leadership provided by staff from The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, House of Ruth, Miriam’s Kitchen, N Street Village, Open Arms Housing, Salvation Army, and Thrive DC. Over 40 staff from more than 30 local agencies have contributed to this critical work.