Here chronically homeless families find and maintain permanent housing through intensive case management, rental assistance and specialized care for children and youth. With a holistic approach, we focus on all areas of families’ lives.
For families who have had multiple experiences with homelessness, they find stability and a home in our permanent supportive housing program. The majority of families live in their own apartments across the city, while some live in a single apartment building. This program provides long-term housing and in-home supportive services to formerly chronically homeless families.
These programs are based on Housing First, a nationally successful model that focuses on helping individuals and families move into and sustain permanent housing – along with a variety of services to promote stability, self-sufficiency and well-being.
We place families into permanent homes and provide them with the tools they need to focus on their life goals, including:
- In-home, goal-oriented case management
- Assistance on finding an affordable apartment
- Connection to employment and training
- Navigation through school and life challenges for their children
- Pairing eligible youth with volunteer mentors
- Connection to community resources
A team of staff – with expertise in the areas of case management, housing, employment and youth – work with the parents and children in each family to help them achieve those goals.
We provide scattered-site permanent supportive housing to about 120 formerly homeless families with children. Families hold leases in their own names and pay up to 30 percent of their income towards rent.
Mississippi Avenue Apartments
In one location – a public, private, and nonprofit partnership - we provide apartment-style permanent supportive housing to 14 formerly homeless families with children and five formerly homeless individuals.
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.
Our Permanent Supportive Housing program served 138 families in 2015.
100 percent of our Permanent Supportive Housing families remained stably housed or exited to another positive permanent housing destination.
Natasha Howard, Community of Hope housing client.