The Coalition for the Homeless provides transitional and permanent housing, employment placement assistance, substance abuse counseling and supportive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or vulnerable.
Why do we exist?
The mission of the Coalition is to provide supportive social services and housing to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Coalition's goal is to help the homeless to regain their dignity, to become as economically self-sufficient as possible and to return to independent living.
What have you accomplished?
In 2011, The Coalition provided direct services to more than 1,000 people, including 157 children in families. Services included temporary housing, food, substance abuse counseling, general social services to assist the participant to obtain benefits such as public assistance and food stamps, employment and housing placement assistance. Also, the Coalition completed intake and assessments on 2,235 families (6,158 adults and children) who sought emergency shelter through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, which is the central intake for families in the District of Columbia.
The Coalition assisted 241 persons to obtain employment. The average hourly rate was $8 an hour. Participants collectively earned more than $4 million in taxable income. Program participants saved more than $65,000 in escrow. The funds placed in escrow are used to assist participants when they move into permanent housing to pay security deposits, first-month rents, and buy household furnishings. The Coalition assisted 244 individuals and families to obtain permanent housing and live independently. Since 2000, the Coalition has provided cash housing assistance to prevent homelessness and to pay first month’s rent and security deposit to secure permanent housing to more than 590 families.
The Coalition for the Homeless provides transitional and permanent housing, employment and housing placement assistance, substance abuse counseling and supportive social services to individuals and families with children who are homeless or vulnerable.