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About Us

The purpose of the Coalition is to assist individuals and families in the District of Columbia who have become homeless to fulfill their potential for economic self-sufficiency.

Our History

The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, an inter-religious organization created the Coalition for the Homeless (CFH) in 1979 through its Hunger Task Force. The Coalition was originally composed of direct service providers to the homeless to provide full-time advocacy work on issues of homelessness and poverty.

CFH was incorporated on August 18, 1981. Since the date of incorporation, the Coalition’s response to the needs of the homeless have changed and expanded.

Where We Are Today 

Today, the agency’s efforts are focused on housing and direct services. Our mission is to help transition homeless and at risk individuals and families to self-sufficiency through programs and supportive services.

CFH fulfills its mission by operating and managing 11 program sites in the District of Columbia that includes transitional and permanent housing for men and families with children. We operate the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC), the central intake office in the District of Columbia for all families with children seeking emergency shelter and housing assistance.

Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service/Department of the Treasury.

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