We provide short-term, transitional housing for families who are also in need of substance abuse services. In a safe, service-rich environment, parents get help with treatment and support for their employment and permanent housing search.
Nestled in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast, DC, Hope Apartments provides apartment-style transitional housing for 10 homeless families with children, where the head of household is in recovery from substance abuse.
Hope Apartments is one of few programs in DC where children can live with their parents while the parent works on recovery. Adults attend outpatient substance abuse treatment programs while simultaneously working on finding a job and stable housing.
Families work closely with our staff to achieve their goals and receive a number of supportive services:
- Goal-oriented case management
- Connection to substance abuse services
- Assistance on finding an affordable apartment
- Connection to employment and training
- Connection to behavioral health services
- Life skills classes on parenting
- 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, 80 percent of families exiting transitional housing moved into positive permanent housing.
Families stay an average of 19 months in our Hope Apartments.
-Shirlene Phillips, Hope Apartments resident