Family Housing Facility

The Brooks Short-Term Housing Facility

The Brooks is a new Short-Term Family Housing facility and a new program at Friendship Place serving families experiencing homelessness. Families moving into the facility will reside in a care-conducive environment where they can heal and start the process of rebuilding.

The Brooks opened its doors on April 27, 2020 and served 64 families, including 111 children. In total, the Brooks ended homelessness for 201 people in 2020. 

Interested in applying for the Brooks? Scroll down to see how.

The Brooks allows Friendship Place staff to deliver meaningful care. The six-story building has 50 apartment-like units, a computer lab, play areas, and a lounge for homework. Families have access to 24-hour staffing and receive personalized, one-on-one case management that allows them to quickly transition out of the facility into stable housing. 

How to Support the Brooks


Goal: $100,000

It is important for The Brooks to have flexible funding to best meet the needs of each family as they transition into stable housing. The Neighbor to Neighbor Fund is a pot of funding to be allocated directly to families for everything from SmarTrip cards to food, school supplies, and other needs. Every gift to this fund is being matched by one of our neighbors.

Goal: $10,000

Families will arrive at The Brooks in need of many day-to-day necessities. To help families feel both welcomed and supported, we plan to give every family a ‘Welcome Basket’ that helps them navigate the neighborhood and includes essential items (toiletries, etc.) that Friendship Place has determined are most urgently needed.

In-kind donations of new toys for children of all ages are welcomed. Please click here for an up-to-date Child’s Play wish list.  At this time, we cannot accept used clothing and toys. 


Click here to help brighten the lives of those we serve at The Brooks and across all of our programs.

Who We Serve

Ward 3 Short-Term Family Housing Facility focuses on providing quality service and housing to 50 previously homeless families, while increasing residents quality of life through supportive services and linkage to resources.

For more information about the Ward 3 Short-Term Family Housing Facility, please email us at

Need Help? 

The Brooks will receive all referrals for placement directly from the Department of Human Services. If you are currently experiencing homelessness and would like to be assessed for eligibility for Short-Term Family Housing service, please complete an assessment at the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center located at 920-A Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018.

Questions? Email

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

The Brooks is a proud member of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Click here to read the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nondisciminitory Statement.

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2020, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 2,664 people, including 606 children in families and 661 veterans. We empowered 200 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Friendship Place's programs collectively served a total of 3,432 people in 2020. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.503.2970.

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