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If you’re experiencing homelessness, Friendship Place welcomes you with the deepest respect.

Friendship Place Services

  • If you need a safe, friendly place to come in out of the cold or heat on a weekday, have a cup of coffee or something to eat, do laundry or wash clothes, use the phone or internet, or pick up toiletries or other necessities, visit our Welcome Center. See address and hours below.
  • If you’re experiencing homelessness and need to see a doctor or psychiatrist, visit our Welcome Center Clinic. See address and hours below.
  • If you need housing or would like to apply for one of our shelters, come to our Welcome Center for an intake. See address and hours below.
  • If you would like to speak to a case manager, visit our Welcome Center. See address and hours below.
  • If you’re a veteran experiencing or at risk of homelessness, call the Veterans First screening line at 202.658.9599.
  • If you’re looking for a job so that you can afford housing, call AimHire at 202.248.0496.
  • If you’re experiencing or at risk of homelessness and are 17 to 29 years old, call Before Thirty at 202.248.0496.
  • If you have income but can’t find housing you can afford, come to our Welcome Center for an intake for Direct Housing. See hours below.

Welcome Center

4713 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see Drop-In Hours

For further details please call our Welcome Center staff (202.364.1419) or email

Before Thirty

Call 202.364.1419 or visit the Youth & Young Adults page.

AimHire Jobs Program

Call 202.248.0496 for an appointment. Visit AimHire for more information.


Families at Risk or Experiencing Homelessness

If your family or a family you know is experiencing a housing crisis that they cannot resolve on their own, please contact Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC) located at 920-A Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018. The shelter hotline is open every day from 8 AM – 12 AM. During hypothermia season (November 1 – April 15), the shelter hotline is open 24 hours a day.

To be eligible for homeless services for families through VWFRC, you must be a District resident; have minor children or adult dependents in your custody, or be a pregnant woman in your third trimester; and have no other safe place to stay.  To access the services below, you must be assessed and referred by VWFRC.

Other DC Resources

Download our Pocket Guide – A miniature hand-out of listings of services and resources – Housing, Employment, Health Care, Recovery, Legal, Domestic Violence, Meals and Food, and Literacy – at other agencies in DC. The listings include phone numbers, addresses, and hours of operation. You can keep this in your wallet or purse as a reference or you can pass them out to neighbors you know that would benefit from them. 

If you need shelter tonight, please call the DC Shelter Hotline at 800.535.7252. The Hotline will direct you to an overnight shelter. If it’s below 32 degrees outside, they will send a van to pick you up and take you to a shelter. Friendship Place does not operate any overnight shelters.

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2023, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,993 people, including 1,507 children in families and 670 veterans. We empowered 167 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.957.7834.

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