Housing Assistance and Shelters

Washington, DC

D.C. Shelter Hotline: Phone: (202) 399-7093  Toll Free: (800) 535-7252
District residents experiencing homelessness are encouraged to utilize emergency shelter. Shelters are operated by non-profit organizations under contract with the Department of Human Services. Shelters provide a warm and safe place to stay and offer additional supportive services and case management. Shelter capacity is expanded during the winter months for residents who are at risk of hypothermia.

Families may access emergency housing through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC), the central intake office for all families in the District of Columbia seeking assistance with their housing needs. VWFRC is located at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington DC and is open Monday—Thursday from 8:30 am – 4 pm and Friday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. If you are a family with children under 18 and need emergency shelter, please call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093. The Shelter Hotline is available 24 hours a day.

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.

Centro Maria: 650 Jackson Street NE, Washington, DC: 202-635-1697. For young women studying and/or working, affordable accommodations in a secure and friendly environment

Covenant House: 2001 Mississippi Avenue, SE  Washington, DC 20020  Phone: 202-399-7093 (available 24/7) or click here if you need emergency safe housing.
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. Mothers with infants or toddlers are accepted.

Hope and a Home: 1439 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009  Phone: (202) 387-7091
This program offers transitional housing for homeless families.

House of Ruth – Madison Emergency Shelter –  for single women experiencing domestic violence: 651 10th Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20002: 202-547-2600. For families: 202-347-2777

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

N St. Village – For single women 18 and over: 1333 N Street NW, Washington, DC: 202-939-2076. After 4pm: 202-387-5464

SOME (So Others Might Eat)  SOME provides transitional housing for single adults and families.  These programs offer clients a safe, supportive living environment where they can address the issues that led them to become homeless.  Office address:  71 ‘O’ Street, NW  Washington, DC  20001  Phone: 202.797.8806 web@some.org

Housing Counseling Services: Department of Housing and Community Development.  To participate or obtain further information on Housing Counseling Services, please contact one of our participating Community Based Organizations:

Areas of Interest:

Office Hours for DHCD – Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm; Resource Center – Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Connect With Us: 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 442-7200; Fax: (202) 645-6727; TTY: 711; Email: dhcd@dc.gov

Maryland
The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services provides information, assistance and referrals to County residents who are facing homelessness or an eviction. If you need information about Section 8 and other County housing options, please call the Department of Housing & Community Development at 301-883-5501 or go to Housing & Community Development.

If you are facing eviction or foreclosure, you can call the Department of Social Services Homelessness Prevention Program at (301) 909-6362. This program provides: 

  • Screening of applicants to determine eligibility
  • Interviewing and assessment
  • Counseling, information and referral
  • Landlord and tenant mediation
  • Follow-up and linkages to other available resources
  • On-going community outreach and training through the Community Outreach Program (COP).

You may be eligible to receive financial help to pay your rent or mortgage if you are faced with a crisis that may result in an eviction, foreclosure or homelessness. You can also get help by calling the following organizations:

  • Catholic Charities in Forestville (301) 568-9529
  • Community Ministries, Seat Pleasant (301) 499-2319
  • Laurel Advocacy & Referral in Laurel (301) 776-0442
  • United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) in Capitol Heights at (301) 322-5700.

Virginia
Virginia Williams Family Resource Center – Primary referral office for shelter and housing assistance: 25 M Street SW, Washington, DC: 202-863-1370.