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Housing Resources for Families

The District is committed to providing housing resources and housing programs for families experiencing homelessness.  

Track our voucher utilization progress here

Housing Programs 

Family Re-Housing Stabilization Program 

The Family Re-Housing Stabilization Program (FRSP), also commonly known as Rapid Re-Housing (RRH), is a time-limited housing and support designed to assist families experiencing homelessness to afford dignified and safe housing in the private market. Rental assistance and support services are provided for 12 to 18 months based on the needs of the household.  Most families will exit the shelter through FRSP. FRSP is available only to families who are connected to another DHS program – like a shelter – after they are assessed and determined eligible by VWFRC. For additional information, you may email [email protected]    

Transitional Housing for Families  

Transitional housing programs are supportive housing programs that are temporary but designed to be an intermediate step between emergency shelter and permanent housing.  Eligibility requirements and programming vary by program, but most programs offer structure, supervision, support, and life skills.  Households may only be placed in Transitional Housing through the Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system. In addition, families may be referred to Transitional Housing through Virginia Williams Family Resource Center. 

Targeted Affordable Housing 

Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH) provides a permanent rental subsidy to households who need assistance obtaining and affording housing – often due to their age or a disabling condition.  Households in TAH are often connected to community resources and are able to maintain their housing without intensive case management.  Households are prioritized for the TAH program through the Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system.  

Permanent Supportive Housing 

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is an evidence-based intervention that combines housing assistance through a permanent rental subsidy with voluntary supportive services to address the needs of chronically homeless individuals or families. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment, and employment services.  To be eligible for PSH, individuals or families must be homeless for more than a year or have had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years, and the head of household must have a diagnosed disabling condition.  Households are prioritized for the PSH program through the Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system.   

Pilot Programs

Career MAP

The District of Columbia (District) Career Mobility Action Plan (Career MAP) is a groundbreaking pilot designed to remove barriers that families with low income confront as they pursue employment that can sustain their families. For up to five years, the pilot will provide resources directly to families who have experienced homelessness, are committed to pursuing a career, and are at risk of losing cash, food, health care, child care, and housing benefits more quickly than their income can cover these lost resources (also known as 'benefits cliffs').

 

For more information on other resident housing resources, please click  here.   

Need emergency rental assistance? Please click  here  or visit stay.dc.gov. 

For more information about our provider partners’ wish lists, to learn about volunteer opportunities, or if you are a landlord with affordable units willing to partner with DHS, see how you can help.