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

Wilbert Akins & his daughter

Mr. Wilbert Atkins was unemployed and lived between family members and homeless shelters. When Mr. Atkins gained custody of his daughter Sasha, she became Mr. Atkins motivation to improve his life. Mr. Atkins and his daughter entered the 50th Street Family Program on January 12, 2015. In January 2018, after receiving supportive services from the Coalitions’ 50th Street Family Program for over a year, Wilbert Atkins, a single father, and his daughter Sasha moved into permanent affordable housing. They love their new place and Sasha is doing well in school. Mr. Atkins stated that he feels like a man again and a productive father. He works full-time as an Information Technology technician at the Office of Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). Today, this family is safe, warm and self-sufficient.

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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