Shelter is a safe place for families entering homelessness to stay while they get back on their feet. We offer short-term, apartment style shelter with 24-hour support for 20 families. Children can be supported and attend school while we help parents quickly develop a plan to move into long-term housing stability.
Located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest, DC, Girard Street Apartments provides apartment-style emergency shelter for 20 homeless families with children.
At their most vulnerable moment, families find safety and security. From the first day they enter our program, families begin to search for long-term housing and develop a family stability plan, which includes a wide range of supportive services and resources:
- Goal-oriented case management
- Assistance on finding an affordable apartment
- Connection to employment and training
- Connection to behavioral health services
- Life skills classes on parenting
- Children’s activities
- Budget and financial management
- Connection to community resources
Access to these services comes through referrals from the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, the central intake for DC’s coordinated homelessness assistance system for families. If you or somebody you know is experiencing homelessness or is at risk of homelessness, please contact the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center.
With the help of our case managers and employment services team, 92 percent of the families exiting emergency shelter moved into positive permanent housing.
Community of Hope has 20 apartment style units for families who are experiencing homelessness.
Joseph Marshall, Community of Hope housing client and father of two.