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Friendship Place

Washington, DC

Friendship Place
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Introduction

Friendship Place is a nonprofit focused on temporary shelter for homeless. With $11.1m in revenue and 168 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1995, Friendship Place is headquartered in Washington, DC. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $11.1m.

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Friendship Place

$11.1m

Annual Budget
2017
Program Spend
81%
Fundraising Spend
7%
Management Spend
11%
Founded
1995
EIN
52-1925494
Headquarters
Washington, DC
# Employees
168
# Volunteers
400
IRS Filings
Other Ratings
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Mission and Work

Mission

FRIENDSHIP PLACE is a leader in the Washington, DC, metro area in developing solutions to homelessness that have measurable results and a lasting impact. The Organization's mission is to empower people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness to attain stable housing and rebuild their lives. FRIENDSHIP PLACE helped more than 3,500 people in the year ended September 30, 2018 with comprehensive, wraparound services that included street outreach, drop-in, free medical and psychiatric services, job placement, case management, transitional shelter, rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, permanent supportive housing, and specialized services for families, youth, and veterans.

Veterans ServicesVeterans First

$2.9m annual program spend • Provides short-term, intensive case management and rental assistance to help homeless veterans and their families get back into housing quickly and to prevent homelessness for veteran households at risk of eviction. The program targets extremely low-income households (less than 30 percent of the Area Median Income) and serves the District of Columbia and eight surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia. During the year ended September 30, 2018, 533 households were served (encompassing 728 total family members); of those who exited the program during the year, 86 percent graduated to stable permanent housing.Families First: A pilot project in Prince George's County, Maryland, that helps veteran families transition from homelessness into housing and then empowers them to increase their household income by connecting them to jobs or educational opportunities. During the year ended September 30, 2018, 50 people in 13 families were served; of 13 families who exited all graduated successfully to stable permanent housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing ("PSH")

$3.1m annual program spend • FRIENDSHIP PLACE is a leading DC provider of PSH for highly vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals and families. The PSH programs are based on a low-barrier, Housing First service model and include scattered-site apartments, a group home for five women and an apartment building for 40 men. Case managers help participants transition directly from homelessness into housing and then provide long-term support to address the full range of their needs and empower them to achieve personal goals for recovery, wellness, self-sufficiency and integration into the community. During the year ended September 30, 2018, 116 families (encompassing 436 total family members) and 255 individuals were housed, with a housing retention rate of 99 percent.

Rapid ReHousing ("RRH")

$1.6m annual program spend • Rapid Rehousing serves people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of eviction who need just short-term support to get back on their feet. In addition to providing temporary rental assistance, RRH helps people stabilize their income through benefits or employment, create sustainable budgets, find and move into housing, and connect with whatever services they will need for long-term housing stability. During the year ended September 30, 2018, FRIENDSHIP PLACE's RRH helped 150 individuals attain stable housing. RRH ended during the year ended September 30, 2018.Family Connect: Family Connect targets homeless and at-risk families who fall through the cracks in the region's existing housing services, providing comprehensive, individualized case management with a focus on housing and job placement, and with the goal of helping each family attain stable, sustainable permanent housing. During the year ended September 30, 2018, 67 families (encompassing 218 total family members) were enrolled in services. Family Connect ended during the year ended September 30, 2018.

From Friendship Place's website

In their words

Friendship Place is the premier housing service provider for people experiencing homelessness in the DC region. Our innovative, customized, person-focused programs empower participants to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs and reconnect with friends, family and the community, permanently.

Mission

Friendship Place’s mission is to empower people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to attain stable housing and rebuild their lives. Our vision is a DC region and a nation in which every person has a place to call “home.”

Our goal is to end homelessness in Washington, DC, and to establish a sustainable model which can be replicated across the nation.

Our Impact

In 2018, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 1,640 people through creative, customized housing solutions. Across all of our programs, Friendship Place served more than 3,700 individuals in 2018.

Our History

In 1991, the District of Columbia government proposed opening a 50-bed emergency shelter for homeless men at the Guy Mason Recreation Center in upper Northwest Washington, the wealthiest area of the District.

Many in the area reacted negatively to the proposal. They argued that there were no homeless people in upper Northwest, so services for them were not needed.

Other neighbors, however, thought it was time for the residents of upper Northwest to do their part to find positive solutions to homelessness in our city. A small group of these concerned citizens convened to look for ways to make a difference. They decided to answer the question once and for all: Were there homeless people living in their midst? In a one-night survey, they fanned out through Ward 3 and found, among the stately homes, more than 100 men and women living in parks and alleyways.

That was all it took. The group mobilized. Joined by several local congregations, they opened a drop-in center on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenley and five small congregation-based shelters.

That was the grassroots beginning of Friendship Place.

In 2008, we expanded to serve throughout the District, and by 2011 our services were reaching into the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia.

Nonetheless, even though we now help more than 3,700 people a year, Friendship Place still retains the feel of a small, caring neighborhood organization. The most commonly repeated refrain we hear from the people who come to us for help is this: “At other agencies, I felt like a number. At Friendship Place, I’m treated like a human being.”

Today, Friendship Place has more than 120 paid staff members and serves throughout the DC Metro region. Our successful, award-winning initiatives have a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of people a year. Friendship Place programs, such as street outreach, drop-in center, free medical and psychiatric clinicshelters and transitional housing facilities, permanent supportive and rapid rehousing, job placement, and specialized programs for veterans and youth have had such outstanding outcomes that our models are studied by government and nonprofit entities all over the country wishing to replicate our success.

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