Community of Hope has been offering sober living and human services in the Washington, DC area for 35 years. Their two transitional housing locations for those in alcohol and substance abuse recovery are Girard Street Apartments and Hope Apartments. In 2014, Girard Street Apartments offered emergency shelter to 36 families, 94% of which transitioned on to permanent housing. Hope Apartments assisted 21 families in 2014, all of whom found permanent housing after participation in the program.
Girard Street Apartments is located in the northwest DC neighborhood of Columbia Heights while Hope Apartments is in the southeast neighborhood of Congress Heights. Community of Hope offers the only programs in DC that keep families intact while the head of household is in recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
The accommodations at the two Community of Hope facilities are a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchens and private baths, as well as some studios with kitchenettes and shared or private baths. The Girard Street Apartments have space for 20 homeless families with children. The program offers referrals to job training and mental health providers, as well as substance abuse treatment and life skills classes on parenting, budgeting and finding permanent housing. All these services are available to heads of household seeking continued and transitional substance abuse treatment.
Transitional housing is also available at Hope Apartments for 10 homeless families with children and a head of household in substance abuse recovery. As at the Girard Street Apartments, other social services are offered as well, with an emphasis on moving families to stable housing and leading the heads of household to lasting sobriety.
Rules and Regulations
Families can request services through the DC General homeless shelter or the District of Columbia’s Virginia Williams Family Resource Center. Heads of household should bring picture ID for themselves, birth certificates for all family members and a letter showing proof of homelessness.
Families and clients accepted into a Community of Hope housing program are expected to be good neighbors and to act responsibly. Properties must be kept clean and safe.
Adults attend outpatient substance abuse programs while seeking employment as well as full-time housing. Heads of household commit to maintaining their sobriety and to taking advantage of all relevant social service opportunities.
Community of Hope offers many related community services that program participants are entitled to use. The Girard Street Apartments and Hope Apartments are on public transportation routes.
For 35 years, Community of Hope has been helping the homeless and those struggling with substance abuse. For individuals in the Washington, DC area seeking housing and recovery while keeping their families intact, Community of Hope has the resources to help make that possible.
Community of Hope
Girard Street Apartments
1413 Girard St NW
Washington, DC 20009
3715 2nd St SE
Washington, DC 20032
Community of Hope Cost: Free (30 days). Reach Community of Hope by phone at (202) 526-0017 (Virginia Williams Family Resource Center), (202) 232-7356 (Girard Street Apartments) and (202) 563-1060 (Hope Apartments) or by email at the website contact form.
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