Since 1980, COH has worked to end family homelessness and improve health to make DC more equitable. A continuum of programs – including homelessness prevention, temporary housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing – provides over 1000 families with a safe place to live while helping them work toward self-sufficiency. Case management means job support, budgeting, family stability, and behavioral health, all according to need. New programs include one in partnership with Martha's Table and another at one of the seven new shelters developed by the city government to provide dignified, short-term housing for 50 families. Comprehensive health services in Wards 1, 5, and 8 centers mean clients can access everything they need at one location: preventative and routine health care, wellness services, chronic disease management, dental services, counseling, prenatal and specialty care. Ultimately, we are all one community.
As an anchor organization serving some of the hardest hit areas of the city, COH continues to provide safe, dignified shelter for families experiencing homelessness and support to keep others stably housed. It provides in-person care for high-risk patients (critical care, chronic disease, COVID) with telemedicine taking on a dramatically increased role in general patient care. Emotional wellness services during a time of heightened anxiety is provided via telehealth and limited onsite and teledentistry. COH is committed to being the safety net for the patients and families that rely on it.