Housing & Homelessness

Steady job growth and excellent schools are among the features that have made metropolitan Washington a desirable place to live, spurring high home values and encouraging the creation of expensive new developments. This has put enormous pressure on local governments striving to shape communities where all citizens—from service workers to police officers, firefighters, and other civil servants—can afford to live. Homelessness is also a challenge throughout the region, which affects working families as well as individuals with illnesses or substance abuse disorders.

COG shares housing data, best practices, and tools to help encourage the production and preservation of more affordable housing. Through strategic partnerships, COG and its members build greater awareness of the region's affordable housing needs. 

COG also supports the housing needs of the region's most-vulnerable population, homeless individuals and families. COG, area governments, and homeless services providers conduct an enumeration of the region's homeless and formerly homeless population every year to assess the scale of the issue and progress on local efforts to end homelessness.

News & Multimedia

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    Increase in Homelessness Recorded for Metropolitan Washington in 2016

    May 11, 2016

    According to an annual report by COG, there are 12,215 homeless individuals living in the area – a 5 percent increase (or 592 people) from the 2015 count. The...

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    Connecting the Region for Housing Choice and Opportunity

    April 14, 2016

    Jurisdictions large and small will be required by HUD to conduct an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to support their planning efforts to accommodate future...

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    Retreat Panel: Ending Homelessness is a Difficult-Not Impossible-Task

    August 13, 2015

    Laura Zeilinger, Director of the Department of Human Services for the District of Columbia, led discussion on homelessness with area officials gathered for the...

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    County Executives Call for Greater Cooperation to Strengthen Regional Economy

    June 11, 2015

    Greater cooperation across borders on a variety of issues will be critical to the National Capital Region’s future economic success according to Prince George’s...

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    Decrease in Homelessness Recorded for National Capital Region in 2015

    May 13, 2015

    According to an annual report by COG, there are 11,623 homeless individuals living in the area – a 2.7 percent decrease (or 323 people) from 2014. The report,...

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    Annual Homeless Enumeration to be Held Later this Month

    January 14, 2015

    Every year since 2000, COG has helped coordinate and report on the enumeration of the region’s homeless population. In 2014, the region counted 11,946 homeless...

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    Regional Reports on Housing Provide Lessons for Future Policy

    November 12, 2014

    At its November meeting, the COG Board of Directors focused on two recent regional housing reports, Joining Forces to Combat Foreclosure: A Look Back at the...

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