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WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 24, 2018 – Community of Hope (COH) has been recognized with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Excellence in Ending Family Homelessness Nonprofit Sector Award. National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) also recognized the DC Department of Human Services and E & G Group, a private sector partner developing housing for families. The recognition to public, private and nonprofit partners in Washington, DC comes as the city has reduced family homelessness by 38% since 2016.
The award was given at the NAEH’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness on July 24th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park during a special plenary session. Over 1,900 service providers, advocates, elected officials and others passionate about ending homelessness were in attendance.
“We are extremely honored with this national recognition and to partner so successfully with the District government on solutions that are working to end family homelessness,” says Kelly Sweeney McShane, Community of Hope’s President and CEO. “Our focus is on families achieving their goals and having stable housing. Our whole team - from case managers to program directors – is committed to preventing families from becoming homeless and to helping families experiencing homelessness return quickly to permanent housing ,”
“Washington, DC experienced a remarkable turnaround after several y
ears of seeing family homelessness increase. We are excited to see the public, nonprofit and private sectors working together to achieve this goal and glad that Community of Hope plays such a critical role as a service provider and strategic partner,” says Nan Roman, President and CEO of National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Community of Hope works to end family homelessness in Washington, DC. In 2017, we provided services all along the homelessness continuum to 1,045 families. Our services include homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing (a short-term rental subsidy and case management support) and permanent supportive housing (a long-term rental subsidy and case management support). DC’s reduction of family homelessness is credited to the addition of homelessness prevention programs, as well as the emphasis on rapid rehousing as a tool to help more families exit shelter to permanent housing. COH is a leader on both of those programs. Case managers in our prevention program work with clients to mediate discussions with friends and family, and provide targeted financial interventions to help a family remain in a safe home, or move into their own home. Since 2015, COH has served over 1,600 families, with 86% of those families not entering shelter. Preventing families from even becoming homeless helps keeps families and communities stable.
For families already in shelter, we focus on helping them move out of shelter and back into their own homes, a critical step to addressing other challenges they may be facing. Families served in the rapid re-housing program, up to 211 families at any given time, has strong results with 90% of families not returning to shelter two years after their exit from the program.
About COMMUNITY OF HOPE
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope (COH) is a rapidly growing, innovative, and mission-driven nonprofit. Our team of over 200 caring, dedicated staff members provides healthcare, housing, and supportive services for low-income, underserved and homeless families in Washington, DC. We operate three community health centers, offering medical, dental and emotional wellness as well as extensive patient supportive services. We work to end and prevent family homelessness by providing housing and supportive services such as employment search and training, housing search, mentoring and youth services.