Who We Are

The Coalition for the Homeless provides direct supportive services to homeless men and families with children.

Since our inception in 1979, the Coalition has helped provide solutions in the District of Columbia that have helped reduce homelessness. The Coalition operates 11 programs including the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC), the central intake office for all families in the District of Columbia seeking emergency housing assistance and shelter. In general, services at the various sites include case management, employment training, housing, job placement assistance, substance abuse counseling, life skills training, substance abuse prevention and social skills development. Clients receive a screening interview prior to admission into programs to ensure they meet program requirements. 


  • Increase homeless prevention services.
  • Transition individuals and families to affordable permanent housing.
  • Increase public awareness and support of homeless issues.
  • Maximize vital educational and job readiness support for homeless citizens.
  • Provide access to job training and employment placement services.
  • Reduce the number of homeless people in shelters.
  • Strengthen and develop partnerships with other organizations.


The Coalition’s mission is to help transition homeless and at risk individuals and families to self-sufficiency through housing programs and supportive services.


Rebuilding lives through the elimination of homelessness. 


Rebuilding Lives-Strengthening Communities through Action

  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Commitment
  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Empowerment 

A Former Client Returns after 20 Years to Share Her Story

The Story of Sharron Hall

Sharron Hall, a former client was the guest speaker during the Coalition for the Homeless Volunteer and Staff Reception on November 1, 2016. In 1998 she was a client at the Spring Road Family Apartments; she was 25 with 5 children. Although she had no choice; she was not happy to be in the program. All she wanted was housing. She did not want to talk about her issues with substance abuse and domestic violence. At one point, Sharron was at risk of being removed from the program for not following curfew and other program rules. She was given a second chance. Through encouragement, she enrolled in Families Forward to get her GED and took computer training classes. Sharron says “Spring Road was not just a shelter for 1½ years, it was home.” The staff showed care and compassion. She has kept all her warning letters and other documents as a reminder of how far she has come. Sharron is currently a family support worker at Edgewood Brookland Family Support Collaborative. The Coalition is thankful to Sharron for being open and sharing her story. We wish her continued success.

Through your donation, you can help create more success stories like this one for residents of the District of Columbia that are struggling with homelessness.

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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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