VIRGINIA WILLIAMS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER MOVES BACK TO RHODE ISLAND AVENUE
The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC) is the central resource center for homeless families with minor and/or dependent children that are experiencing housing instability in the District. The mission of VWFRC, in collaboration with the community, is to help create lasting solutions for families experiencing housing instability through self-sufficiency planning, goal setting and goal achievement.
On November 19, 2012, the center became an integrated joint initiative that included Coalition for the Homeless (CFH), Department of Human Services (DHS), and The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP). Partner agencies provide additional onsite services such as assistance with school registration, child support services and unified case planning. the goal of the join initiative is to provide integrative services under one roof to families in crisis in order to help them achieve their goals and become more self-sufficient.
Families residing in the District of Columbia who believe they are at risk of homelessness should go to or call The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center.
The VWFRC staff works collaboratively with families to prevent homelessness by exploring ways to keep them housed, helping them to identify housing options without entering shelter, and providing other support services such as public benefits, childcare, and employment assistance. If identifying a housing option fails, a family may be referred to emergency shelter if available within the District of Columbia.
A family in crisis must be a District of Columbia resident. The family will be screened for eligibility and receive appropriate referrals based on their needs. Only during hypothermia season (November 1 to March 31) families can call the UPO hotline at 1-800-535-7252 after 4:00pm and on weekends for eligibility and referral services.
General Supportive Services
Assistance and Referrals to Supportive Services
Life Skills Coaching
Job Training & Client Referrals
Access to public benefits (TANF, SNAP, Medicaid)
Individual Responsibility Plan or Case Development
Onsite Support Staff: CFSA, FSA, OSSE, Child Support