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Housing Resources and Emergency Shelter

Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
1800 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 442-7200
Fax: (202) 645-6727
TTY: 711
Email:[email protected]
Hours:  Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, except District holidays
DC Housing Authority (DCHA)
1133 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 535-1000
TTY users may call DC Relay at (202) 855-1234.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The District of Columbia public housing portfolio consists of more than 8,000 apartment or townhome units in 56 properties owned and managed by the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). DCHA serves as the landlord for close to 20,000 residents who call public housing home.

Public housing units provide very low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities with the financial assistance they need to live in affordable rental homes. There are income requirements for public housing and priority is given to those who are in greatest need. Contact the DC Housing Authority for more information.

Pathways to Housing
101 Q Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 529-2972
Fax: (202) 529-2976

Pathways to Housing provides independent housing with case management and other needed community services to individuals who are homeless, diagnosed with significant behavioral health issues and have a steady source of income.

Phyllis Wheatley YWCA
901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 667-9100
Fax: (202) 319-3595

Private furnished rooms are available for adults 18 and over. The kitchen, bath and laundry are shared. Room rates are $490, $550, and $600 per month. $10 membership fee, $25 application fee, and $100 security deposit are required.

Missionaries of Charity, Queen of Peace
3310 Wheeler Road, SE
Washington, DC 20032
Phone: (202) 562-6890 or (202) 562-5157

Housing provided for pregnant women and their children under the age of 3. Women are required to leave 6 weeks post-delivery of the infant. In person interview is part of the application process. Women under 18 must have parental consent.

Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC)
920-A Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Phone: (202) 526-0017 or (202) 526-1833

Intake services provided to District of Columbia homeless families. The following documents are required at the intake interview: picture identification, social security card, a birth certificate for each family member, statement of income (SSI, TANF eligibility, W-2 form or paystub) writ of eviction, or statement of homelessness if living temporarily with relative or friend. The VWFRC is open from 8 am till 5 pm. Services are provided on a first come first served basis.

DC Emergency Shelter Hotline
United Planning Organization (UPO)
Phone: (202) 399-7093
Toll Free: (800) 535-7252

This is a gate keeping and transportation service for District residents seeking homeless shelter services. UPO manages hourly totals of the number of shelter beds available for both singles and families. UPO operates hypothermia vans that respond to individuals and families in need of immediate shelter during the winter months.

Covenant House
2001 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 610-9632 or (202) 561-3850

This structured living program is for homeless District residents between the ages of 18 to 21. The program is designed so that participants may live independently with stability. 

Hope and a Home
1439 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 387-7091
Fax: (202) 387-7097

This program offers transitional housing for homeless families.

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
3031 Fifteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 319-2621
Fax: (202) 797-1502

Emergency shelter provided for young men and women in foster care or who are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless and seeking a transitional independent living program for young adults. Services are available to young adults regardless of cultural or ethnic background.

Housing Counseling Services Incorporated
2410 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 667-2681
Fax: (202) 667-0862

This agency provides independent living and emergency housing assistance for persons and their families with HIV+/AIDS in the District of Columbia.

District Alliance for Safe Housing Incorporated (DASH)
Post Office Box 91730                               
Washington DC 20090
Phone: (202) 462-3274
Fax: (202) 269-0528

The District Alliance for Safe Housing Incorporated (DASH) was founded in 2006 to provide relief to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, through emergency and long-term safe housing, and innovative homelessness prevention services.

My Sister’s Place
Post Office Box 29596
Washington, DC 20017
Hotline: (202) 529-5991
Phone: (202) 520-5261
Fax: (202) 529-5984

Domestic violence shelter for women and children (boys must be under the age of 12). Meals, employment guidance, and legal service referrals are provided to families.

Courtney’s House
Post Office Box 12054
Washington, DC 20005
Toll Free 24-Hour Hotline: (888) 261-3665 

Outreach, protection and support for children and minors who are victims of domestic sex trafficking in the greater DC area.  A safe group house is provided for girls between the ages of 12 to 17.

Different Avenues
1419 V Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20011
Phone:  (202) 829-2103
Fax: (202) 839-2104

This agency provides a Drop in Center with healthcare, legal services, substance abuse treatment, and housing support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) who are homeless or in insecure housing.