Friendship Place is the leading organization ending homelessness in the Washington metro region. We know that there is a proven solution to homelessness: a place to live. That’s why we have several different programs to help people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness find and keep stable housing. Our programs are grounded on the state-of-the-art “Housing First” model of homeless services, which removes all barriers to housing, such as employability, sobriety, and incarceration history. At Friendship Place, we meet people where they are.
Friendship Place helps thousands of people each year through a number of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs and housing services for Veterans. We additionally support transitional shelters facilities with intensive, person-to-person case management. Learn about all of our housing programs below.
Friendship Place’s PSH programs are designed to empower people with serious mental health challenges, addictions, physical illnesses and/or disabilities to transition into housing and rebuild their lives. Year after year, our Permanent Supportive Housing programs achieve housing stability rates of better than 99 percent.
Neighbors First Families provides PSH for highly-vulnerable, chronically homeless families. All families in the program are supported with comprehensive long-term case management to ensure stability and a better quality of life. Click here to learn more.
Neighbors First Individuals empowers highly-vulnerable single persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness, coupled with serious disability (mental health challenges, addictions, or physical illnesses) to transition into PSH housing and rebuild their lives. Click here to learn more.
La Casa is a 40 unit PSH building for chronically homeless men, located in the Columbia Heights area of Washington, DC. The program’s highly vulnerable residents receive comprehensive on-site case management, supportive services, as well as 24/7 assistance. La Casa follows the housing first model. Click here to learn more.
Veterans First is a leading provider of rapid rehousing and homeless prevention services to veterans and their families in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The program utilizes innovative, person centered practices to create a lasting impact toward ending and preventing veteran homelessness. Friendship Place is a recipient of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here to learn more.
Studies have shown that smaller, less populated shelters are much more effective in empowering residents to make permanent life changes than large, impersonal, overnight shelters. Friendship Place partners with area congregations to provide transitional shelter services in comfortable, personalized, service-enriched settings. The congregations host the non-emergency shelters and provide caring volunteers, while Friendship Place’s staff help the residents establish and achieve goals for rebuilding their lives.
Our partner transitional shelter facilities include:
- Metropolitan House – a collaboration between Friendship Place and the National United Methodist Church – provides transitional housing for three women. Placements are reserved for women who are pursuing employment and stable-housing destinations. Referrals are completed by the Welcome Center.
- St. Luke’s AimHire Shelter – a collaboration between Friendship Place and the National United Methodist Church – provides a transitional shelter for six men. Placements are reserved for women who are pursuing employment and stable-housing destinations. Referrals are completed by the Welcome Center.
Each of our program pages has contact information for the appropriate staff members. Not sure which program is right for you? Please call our Welcome Center staff at 202.364.1419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.