Washington D.C.


U.S.VETS – Washington D.C. has provided permanent housing to veterans since 2003. A newly-renovated facility serves 85 veterans daily, and also provides employment assistance and housing support to veterans and their families.

In 2015, U.S.VETS – Washington D.C. was awarded the prestigious Peter Dougherty Award for Excellence in Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans annual conference.

  • IN THE NEWS: Fewer homeless veterans, but VA’s deadline looms

    This story appeared in the Military Times on May 31, 2015. Navy veteran Darryl Riley spent almost 25 years in and out of homeless shelters before landing in the U.S.VETS’ “Veterans in Progress” program earlier this spring. “This time feels totally different,” the 55-year-old veteran said. “In the shelters, they’re just putting a roof over your head, some food into you. Here, the accommodations are nicer, and they have employment programs to help get you trained for jobs. “I never had that chance in the past.” After leaving the Navy, Riley worked on construction sites around the Washington, D.C., area, but never managed keep enough savings to weather downturns in the job market. He found out about the 85-bed transitional housing program — funded through new federal grants — at a job fair just a block from his latest shelter stop. After a flurry of assistance from group officials, he’s in a downtown apartment and a new job training program, with a goal to find work quickly. “I’ve only got a few years left until retirement,” he joked. “I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.” Riley’s plan illustrates the success of recent efforts to end veterans homelessness by providing better outreach and sustainable resources for troubled individuals. But it also shows the challenge still ahead, with tens of thousands of veterans like Riley still on the streets or in danger of returning there… Click here to read the rest of the story.

  • IN THE NEWS: Providing for Homeless Vets in Southeast D.C.

    On October 9, volunteers from Team Depot were on hand to help U.S.VETS as we prepare our new site in Washington D.C., which will provide a home for 85 homeless veterans. NewsChannel8 came by to capture the story. Please enjoy the video: Visit ABC7’s website for the full story.

  • New Services for Washington D.C. Veteran Families

    In October 2013, through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S.VETS – Washington D.C. launched its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program which focuses on ending and preventing homelessness. The program is designed to rapidly re-house homeless veterans and their families, or to assist them in maintaining their permanent housing. Case management and supportive services are offered to veterans living in the community. Some emergency funding (rental assistance, utility assistance, moving expenses, etc.) can also be provided to participants to help them in a housing stability plan. The program will serve veteran households throughout the District of Columbia, as well as select counties of Maryland and Virginia. Our D.C. team has expanded by the addition of 10 staff members to operate the SSVF program. With the launch of this new program for veteran families, our organization opened a new office in the heart of Downtown D.C. The new office is located at 1 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite #310 in the National Guard Memorial Building – just a block away from Union Station and minutes from the U.S. Capitol Building. An Open House Reception of the new location will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 11 am – 2 pm. RSVP by December 10 to dcinfo@usvetsinc.org

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111 K St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Cliff Lewis






Clifton Lewis
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Veterans Seeking Housing
Clayton McGee

Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Raymond O’Pharrow

Veterans Seeking Other Services
Clayton McGee

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Debra Truchon

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Debra Truchon

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Brian Dillow, Chairman
Emily Button
Dan Gilfrich
Dave Oberting
Kimberly Oswald
Mark Walker

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