Transitional Housing

Domestic violence (DV) transitional housing programs provide survivors and their children with longer-term stability while offering the heightened level of security that is often required. In transitional housing, survivors typically focus on gaining financial stability so that they can obtain permanent housing. On-going supportive services at these programs address the many underlying issues related to experiencing abuse, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and chronic illness. Program advocates provide intensive support around securing employment, achieving financial stability, resolving legal issues and identifying and achieving other goals for long-term stability.

Families in transitional housing programs usually have their own apartments and stay for typically one to two years, depending on the program. The following is a list of transitional housing options specifically for DV survivors in DC.


Address: 5 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.667.7001 ext. 232
Fax: 202.575.0561

Population Served: Women with children. Male children must be 17 years old or under.

Services: nfidential transitional housing for 2 years (apartment style); counseling; and support groups.

Admissions Process: Referrals accepted from the following: House of Ruth’s Herspace Emergency Shelter, House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (202.667.7001 ext. 200), outside agencies and self referrals. One interview is conducted (often at the referring agency location) and if it is determined that the woman is an appropriate candidate for the program, a second interview is scheduled at Freedom Place.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a DV survivor within the last 5 years; must be willing to abide by program rules, which include: abiding by curfew, remaining drug and alcohol free, participating in counseling and weekly group meetings, and maintaining the confidentiality of the location. Must have TB test documentation within 2 weeks of move in; must be willing to participate in mandatory savings plan.

Wheelchair Accessible: No.


Address: 5 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.667.7001 ext. 220
Fax: 202.561.2163

Population Served: Single women.

Services: Confidential transitional housing for 2 years; counseling; and support groups.

Admissions Process: Referrals accepted from outpatient programs and case managers and should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be in recovery from substance abuse and a DV survivor; must have 30 days clean time and willing abide by program rules, including mandatory groups and curfew.

Wheelchair Accessible: No.


Address: PO Box 29596, Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202.540.1053
Fax: 1.855.254.6827

Population Served: Single women, women with children, 18 years old or older.

Services: Transitional to permanent housing (scattered- site) for 12 months with possibility of extension for another 12 months. Home based case management; financial literacy training; self-sufficiency planning; employment counseling; and provides a gradually declining rental subsidy for the duration of the participants’ time in the program.

Admissions Process: Complete an application which is available on the My Sister’s Place website, with your case manager, or the DASH Housing Resource Center. Once the application is complete an interview will be scheduled to determine if RISE is a good fit for the applicant. If this is the case, a unit will be identified that suits the family size, composition, and affordability.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be employed full time or part time while actively pursuing an educational or vocational program.

Wheelchair Accessible: No.

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