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Housing/ Shelter 
~ Their housing programs are “designed to empower people with serious mental health challenges, addictions, physical illnesses and/or disabilities.”
~ The Neighbors First Families program provides housing for homeless families with a member who has a chronic health condition. Participating families receive permanent housing and case management to ensure stability.
~ For more information, Click here or contact them at 202.364.1419 or [email protected].
~ The Neighbors First Individuals Program provides transitional housing for homeless individuals who have a serious disability (mental health challenges, addictions, or physical illnesses, etc…). Click here to learn more.
~ La Casa is a 40 unit building for homeless men, located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. Residents receive case management, support services, and 24/7 assistance. Click here to learn more.
~ Veterans First provides “rapid rehousing and homeless prevention services to veterans and their families in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.” Click here to learn more.
~ 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.

Additional transitional housing facilities include:

  • 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.

~For more information about availability at shelter facilities, contact them at 202.364.1419 or [email protected].

Employment Assistance
~The AimHire Job Placement Program “empowers participants who are experiencing homelessness and unemployment to find jobs and housing at the same time.”
~ “Volunteers provide one-to-one mentoring, lead workshops on a wide variety of job readiness topics, provide resume writing assistance, and help participants submit job applications online in the AimHire computer lab. They also help create job and housing opportunities by reaching out to potential employers and landlords in the community.”
~ To get started, you must attend an orientation session, which are held every Wednesday at 10 am at the AimHire office, located at 5100 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20016.
~To attend an orientation and get started in the program, contact them at 202.248.0496 or [email protected].

Youth Services
~Youth Connect is a program for 18-24 year olds who are runaways, homeless, or at-risk.
~The Youth Connect program functions as a “mobile drop-in center.”
~ Specialists go around D.C. and look for young adults in need of help. They then “conduct on the spot housing assessments, and help youth get the vital documents (Social Security cards, ID cards, and other items) needed to access a host of services ranging from Food Stamps and Medicaid to substance abuse treatment programs to housing.”
~ They also distribute survival kits with bottled water, blankets, safe-sex kits, hygiene products, SmarTrip cards, and information about hypothermia shelters in periods of extreme weather.
~Before Thirty is a program that provides “employment and housing services to youth and young adults aged 17-29 (including single mothers) experiencing or at risk of homelessness.”
~ Staff “meet with youths in the program to design customized plans that help them to achieve their goals. Job Developers at our AimHire Job Placement program arm participants with tools that will speed their professional growth, such as training in job readiness, resume preparation, interviewing skills, job identification, and outreach to potential employers.”
~ Young participants are also given mentoring and can attend life skill workshops, creative expression workshops, social events, community events, and more.
~ Once participants get jobs, they receive help in finding housing and receive assistance for move-in costs, security deposits, and up to two months’ rent.
~For more information, call at 202.364.1419 or email at [email protected]. You can also visit the Welcome Center (4713 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016).

Medical/Health Care
~ At the Welcome Center, anyone who visits can see a doctor, nurse or psychiatrist, for free
~ No insurance, or even ID, is required.
~ They can receive medication for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma.
~ “Individuals in need can simply walk in and see a doctor or nurse. ”
~ If  a patient can’t be treated at a clinic, the resident doctors will try to find a specialist to provide pro bono (free) care.
~ They also offer same-day psychiatric appointments, no questions asked.
~Individuals in need can immediately get help
~ The Welcome Center is located at 4713 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, between the TenleyTown and Friendship Heights Metro Stations.
~To visit, take the following buses: 30N, 30S, 31, 33 and N2.

Other Services: 
~ At their Welcome Center, they offer a variety of other services including resources to access “vital documents (Birth Certificates, Identification, Social Security Cards), apply for benefits (SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI/SSDI), and search for employment.”
~They also offer “personal-mail distribution services and phone access.”
~Other services include:

  • Meals
  • Laundry & Shower facilities
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Clothing (Socks/Underwear/T-shirts)
  • Health and Mental Health services
  • Supportive Services & Street Outreach
  • Coordinated Entry/Housing assessment (DC)
  • Resources and Referrals
  • Vital Document & Benefits Assistance
  • Mail Coordination & Phone Usage

~ They serve “any person experiencing homelessness who is in need of basic necessities, medical and mental health services, housing assessment, referrals to other Friendship Place programs and citywide services.”

4713 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016,

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Monday 8:30–11:30 am and 1:00–4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30–11:30 am and 1:00–3:00 pm

To visit the Welcome Center, you can take the following buses: 30N, 30S, 31, 33 and N2.

Last Updated: 07.31.19