The Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC has operated Park Road Transitional Program recovery housing since 1979. The program is designed for men transitioning out of substance abuse programs or shelters. Social workers assist clients in forming Individual Service Plans (ISPs) focusing on permanent housing, employment, independent living skills and substance abuse recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
Park Road Transitional Program can accommodate 12 men at a time. There are a total of four bedrooms, two of whichs are shared between four residents each, while the other two rooms hold two clients each. There are also three bathrooms shared among residents, two full and one half. Bedding is provided, though personal hygiene products are the responsibility of each resident. All personal items are kept in designated storage areas in each bedroom. No personal items may be stored in the bathrooms or anywhere else in the house.
Though the accommodations are relatively spartan, the house does have a TV with cable and a desktop computer with Wi-Fi. Laundry facilities are available on-site, though no items should be left in the washer or dryer and all appliances must be cleaned after use. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with all necessary appliances as well as dishes and silverware. Anything used in food preparation must be cleaned and returned to its proper storage space immediately after use. Food sharing is encouraged, but borrowing or stealing food from other clients is not permitted.
Rules and Regulations
Clients must be homeless, 18 years of age or older and referred by a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, social services organization, district governmental agency or an area shelter. Verification of homelessness must be supplied at time of intake.
Clients must live in the District of Columbia and be drug free for 60 days prior to admittance. A negative tuberculosis test (current for the previous six months) and a police clearance valid for at least 30 days are also required.
Residents agree to participate in house meetings and 12-step meetings, life skills training, financial management and job readiness. All clients must either be employed within the first 30 days or be enrolled in a community volunteer program for at least 24 hours a week. Drug and alcohol testing occurs randomly as well as after every off-site visit. Curfew is 10 pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends. No visitation is allowed during the first 30 days and all visits must be requested at least 24 hours in advance.
Residents sign written contracts to abide by all house rules and laws of the community, which include remaining sober and respecting the rights and safety of household members. Clients are also responsible for the overall cleanliness of the house, with all assigned chores to be completed in a timely manner. Smoking is permitted outside, though cigarette butts must be placed in a designated receptacle. Theft of any kind is cause for eviction as is any physical or verbal threat to anyone in the house or community. All conflicts are resolved through arbitration with the program director and staff.
Park Road Transitional is conveniently located near public transportation and shopping, though parking is available for registered and insured vehicles. The program director and staff help applicants apply for grants to cover program costs and emergency funds for personal items along with food stamps.
Coalition for the Homeless has been helping homeless men in recovery for over 35 years. The rules are strictly enforced and residents are expected to be responsible. Still, for those in need of housing, employment, and other skills and opportunities, Coalition for the Homeless can provide the necessary assistance.
Park Road Transitional Program
1318 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC 20010
Park Road Transitional Program Cost: $400 (four-person rooms, 30 days); $500 (two-person rooms, 30 days). Reach Park Road Transitional Program by phone at (202) 328-9680 or by email at [email protected].
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