Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 9,410
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 47,396
EITC recipients: 49,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 35,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 8,348
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: N/A
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 12,466
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,509
Assets
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $34,033
Unbanked households: 8.00%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 23.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: n/a
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 33%
Senior poverty rate: 14.20%
Women in poverty: 14.60%
Family
Children in foster care: 751
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 10,816
Percent of children in immigrant families: 24%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 54%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 21%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 15.00%
Food insecurity: 11.40%
Minimum Wage: $14.00
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: n/a
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 3.20%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 0.00%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 27.30%
Poverty rate: 16.60%
Unemployment rate: 5.60%
Education
High school graduation rate: 73.20%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.20%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 47%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 60.40%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Housing
Home foreclosure rate: 1.14%
Homeless people: 8,350
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 41,900
Percent renters: 58%
Total households: 291,570
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents n/a
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 93

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key District of Columbia policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports