Many of the men and women experiencing homelessness who turn to us for help don’t need the long-term support that a permanent supportive housing program provides. With just temporary assistance to stabilize their finances and find a place they can afford, they can get back on their feet. Direct Housing is designed for these members of our community.
Direct Housing serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness who have some form of income (SSI, SSDI, Social Security, VA benefits, employment, family support, etc.) but who have still been unable secure stable housing. The program provides one-time financial assistance, like first month’s rent or security deposits, to help people cross over the hurdle of the upfront costs of renting.
How We Achieve Successful Results
Direct Housing provides much more than financial help alone. Our staff works with each participant to assess their available financial resources and their particular needs, goals, and barriers to housing. We develop an action plan for getting the participant (and his/her family) into housing as quickly as possible. Staff research affordable housing options, build relationships with landlords, expedite and facilitate the lease-signing process, and assist participants with move-ins. Friendship Place staff also work with people whose credit or rental histories would otherwise disqualify them, often vouching for them. At the same time, our staff make sure that the new tenants have sufficient income to pay rent on an ongoing basis. Our case managers follow up after the move-in to make sure the new resident is connected with the services he or she needs to remain stably housed.
In 2017, Direct Housing stabilized housing for 58 households.
Who We Serve
Direct Housing serves individuals and families throughout the DC Metro region. Direct Housing also serves veterans who are ineligible for our VA-funded Veterans First program, including veterans with dishonorable discharges.
Contact us at 202.364.1419 or visit the Welcome Center (4713 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016)