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) and Rapid Rehousing programs. We additionally support shelters and transitional housing facilities with intensive, person-to-person case management. Learn about all of our housing programs below.
Permanent Supportive Housing
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 98 percent.
Neighbors First Families
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
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 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.
Many of the individuals and families who turn to Friendship Place for help don’t need the long-term support that PSH provides. They may have found themselves suddenly unable to pay rent because of unforeseen life challenges—a layoff, a health crisis, a family crisis, domestic violence—or they may be newly released from incarceration. With just temporary assistance, they can get back on their feet. For people in this situation, Friendship Place offers homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services through a variety of avenues.
Family Connect helps families that are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability, self-sufficiency, and financial independence. The program provides short and long term support based on a family’s needs. To resolve a family’s housing insecurities, Family Connect case managers are able to offer a variety of services–including financial assistance for move in costs, continued rental assistance, employment services (through our AimHire program), referrals to other forms of assistance, and more. 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.
Families First – Veterans
Families First is a program under Veterans First Division that provides self sufficiency services to Prince George’s County, Maryland veterans and veteran families. The program aims to help veteran families find stable and permanent housing through rental subsidies and intensive, wraparound case management services. Click here to learn more.
Home Now helps single adults to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. The rapid re-housing program offers assistance without preconditions and case managers provide resources and services that are tailored to the unique needs of each participant. Click here to learn more.
Direct Housing helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness who have some form of income – SSI, SSDI, Social Security, VA benefits, employment, family support, etc. – but who have nonetheless been unable secure stable housing. The program provides one-time financial assistance, such as first month’s rent or security deposits, to help people over the hurdle of the upfront costs of renting. 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 five area congregations to provide shelter and transitional housing in comfortable, personalized, service-enriched settings. The congregations host the non-emergency shelters and provide caring volunteers, while Friendship Place’s case managers help the residents establish and achieve goals for rebuilding their lives.
Our partner shelter and transitional housing facilities include:
- The Haven – a collaboration between Friendship Place and St. Columba’s Episcopal Church – houses five women, who can stay for up to one year.
- Metropolitan House – a collaboration between Friendship Place and the Metropolitan Church – provides transitional housing for four women. Placements are reserved for women who are participating in our AimHire program, to provide stable housing for them as they look for and start new jobs.
- St. Paul’s Shelter for Men – a collaboration between Friendship Place and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – houses five men, who may stay for up to six months.
- St. Luke’s AimHire Shelter – a collaboration between Friendship Place and the Metropolitan Church – provides transitional housing for seven men. Placements are reserved for men who are participating in our AimHire program, to provide stable housing for them as they look for and start new jobs.
- AimHire Work Apartments – efficiency units rented by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (two units) and National Presbyterian Church (one unit) – provide transitional housing for AimHire participants as they start their jobs, to give them an opportunity to save money for housing of their own.
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.