Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 10,628
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 51,000
EITC recipients: 51,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 31,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 12,173
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: N/A
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 13,580
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,533
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $30,309
Unbanked households: 10.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 25.5%
Number of Black children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 39%
Senior poverty rate: 14.2%
Women in poverty: 18.7%
Children in foster care: N/A
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 2,881
Percent of children in immigrant families: 24%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 56%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 24
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 16.0%
Food insecurity: 11.9%
Minimum Wage: $13.25
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 3.8%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 6.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 27.3%
Poverty rate: 16.6%
Unemployment rate: 6.3%
High school graduation rate: 68.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.8%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 46%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 56.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.13%
Homeless people: 7,473
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 39,000
Percent renters: 59%
Total households: 281,475
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents n/a
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 105

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