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Resources for Homeless Women and Families

At the direction of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia Government provides significant resources for homeless women, men and families.  Such resources include, but are not limited to the following programs, which are administered by various District agencies.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP)

For District residents at high risk of homelessness, but currently housed, DHS offers prevention services through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP).  Homelessness prevention services include:

  • One-time payment of rent and utility arrearages;
  • Case management; and
  • Legal assistance with landlord/tenant issues.

To be eligible for HPRP homeless prevention services, District residents must meet the following criteria:

  • Household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI);
Household Size Income Must Be Less Than
1-Person $35,950
2-Person $41,100
3-Person $46,200
4-Person $51,350
5-Person $55,450
6-Person $59,550
7-Person $63,650
8-Person $67,800


  • Household lacks the financial resources and support network needed to obtain immediate housing or to remain in existing housing;
  • Household is at imminent risk of homelessness and would become homeless without government assistance;
  • No appropriate housing options have been identified; and
  • Household demonstrates the ability to obtain and/or maintain stable housing through HPRP supportive services and financial assistance.

Rapid Re-housing services include:

  • Housing counseling and location assistance;
  • Case management services;
  • Security deposit and first month’s rent; and
  • Short term rent subsidy (3 – 18 months).

To be eligible for HPRP rapid re-housing services, District residents must meet the following criteria:

  • Household income is at or below 50% of AMI;
  • Currently homeless (residing on the street, or in a shelter or transitional housing/treatment program); and
  • Demonstrates the ability to obtain and /or maintain stable housing through HPRP supportive services and financial assistance.

To access HPRP services, District residents must complete the intake process and an initial assessment of need through one of the designated DHS partner organizations listed below. 

Catholic Charities Southeast Family Center
220 Highview Place, SE
(202) 574-3472

Community of Hope
1413 Girard Street, NW
(202) 232-7356

Community of Hope
1616 7th Street, NW
(202) 232-0538

The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness
Project Hope Office at the 
Virginia Williams Family Resource Center
920 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
(202) 479-2845

Housing Counseling Services
2410 17th Street, NW
(202) 667-7007

Interagency Council on Homelessness

The Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) is a group of cabinet-level leaders, providers of homeless services, advocates, homeless and formerly homeless leaders that come together to inform and guide District government policies and programs for individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless in the District of Columbia.

The ICH was established by the Homeless Service Reform Act of 2005.  Since then, the ICH has developed a number of resources and publications, including the Strategic Action Plan to End Homelessness and the Annual Winter Plan to care for the homeless during hypothermia season (see attached).

Veterans Affairs

The Mayor's Office on Veteran’s Affairs works to link District veterans with a number of entitlement and supportive services, including those intended to prevent and/or address homelessness.

The Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing Program is a federally-funded initiative that provides housing and housing vouchers to homeless veterans.  District veterans must be deemed eligible for the program through a vulnerability assessment survey completed by a human/social services provider.  More information and a list of providers may be obtained from the Homeless Services Program Office at (202) 673-8828.


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