Welcome to CIHN
CIHN is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports housing and supportive case management services for families with young children.
Capital Interfaith Hospitality Network (CIHN) is non-profit coalition of religious and community organizations serving homeless families in Washington, DC. Since 1996, the members of our network have offered shelter and meals to families in need. Recently we have started supporting the Housing First approach and are moving families into apartments rather than into a temporary shelter.
Faith through Acts
CIHN was established in 1996 by Washington, D.C. faith communities in response to the crisis of homelessness in our city. Our work is strictly nonreligious community service. CIHN uses generous donations of volunteer time and resources from member congregations to safely and sensitively provide emergency shelter for families.
Small is Beautiful
CIHN believes that “small is beautiful.” Our program makes an intensive investment in up to three families at a time, providing integrated services that help families break generational cycles of poverty. Families stay in their own apartments supported by our fundraising.
Family Support Services and Volunteer Assistance
CIHN provides case management for our families through our partner organization, Community of Hope. CIHN’s programs and services are designed to help parents develop as individuals, learn to identify and meet the needs of their children, and successfully transfer to self-sufficiency.
Volunteers from member congregations and the local community work with the families through mentoring children, tutoring adults for their GEDs, having periodic parties for the families, and doing building repair.
Capital Interfaith Hospitality Network (CIHN) is a nondenominational coalition of NW Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland congregations and associations providing housing and supportive case management to families that are temporarily homeless from our area. Ours is a cost-efficient, effective community response to family homelessness.
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Capital Interfaith Hospitality Network (CIHN) is a coalition of NW DC and suburban Maryland congregations operating facilities for housing and feeding homeless families. Volunteers bring life and care to our organization. We could not operate without the generosity of hundreds of individuals who provide administrative, fund-raising and oversight support to CIHN. We invite your congregation or association to join us in this unique service opportunity.
FUNDRAISING & ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. We can also use volunteer assistance in our office and in our fund-raising program. Currently, we have a volunteer Board of Directors. We could use help with data base management, newsletter creation, accounting and volunteer coordination. Also, we are always open to new sources of revenue and assistance in preparing grant applications.
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The Housing Crisis
According to a recent report by the Fannie Mae Foundation, both the price of homes and rental payments have increased dramatically in Washington, D.C. in the past decade. The result is obvious: fewer and fewer housing options for low to moderate income families. In fact, average rents in multifamily buildings have jumped almost twice as fast as in the Washington region as a whole. Moreover, many rental properties once affordable for those with limited means are being converted to luxury housing or condominiums.
With housing prices sky rocketing, it is no surprise that our homeless population is increasing as well. There are over 6,000 homeless individuals in our midst, up 3.4 percent from last year. For every four homeless persons, one will be a child.
THE CIHN ANSWER
Through our Network, which includes northwest DC and suburban Maryland congregations and associations, we provide housing assistance to families with children. The families also receive case management from our partner, Community of Hope (CoH). We work in partnership with CoH both to identity families in need and to provide them with needed support services.
Our goal is simple: open our doors and our hearts to those in need, give them the resources they need to take the next step toward independence and celebrate their move to more stable housing and the opportunity for a better life.
Last Updated (Saturday, 23 March 2013 14:23)