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Christ House

Christ House
1717 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009-2803
United States
Janelle Goetcheus, Medical Director
Phone Number:
(202) 328-1100

Christ House opened in December 1985 as the first residential medical facility for homeless patients in the United States. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick, homeless persons in the District of Columbia, and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness. Christ House is an ecumenical organization whose services are open to all who meet the medical requirements for admission. Our overarching goal is that patients will leave Christ House stabilized, with the tools and education necessary to manage their health problems, and that these improvements will allow them to leave homelessness. Our current programming encompasses a range of activities to help our patients achieve total healing. Our primary activity is the Medical Services Program. Patients receive 24-hour medical care in a residential setting provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing assistants, and other support staff. The medical team evaluates and treats patients, performs tests, changes dressings, manages medications, and conducts pre- and post-operative care. The staff also arranges and transports patients to outside follow-up care. Patients receive support services to aid in all aspects of recovery including case management, addictions counseling, nutritious meals, and access to patient activities. Christ House has had over 8,500 admissions since inception. In 2016 we served 245 patient admissions and provided 10,145 patient-days of care.

Operating Agency:
Facility Type:
Stand-alone Facility
Number of Beds:
Hours of Operation:
Average Length of Stay:
5-6 weeks
Admission Criteria:

Patient be homeless and have an acute medical need.

Clinical Staff:
Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Social Worker, Community Health Worker
Clinical Services Provided:
Common illnesses in our patient population include respiratory, heart, kidney, and liver disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, seizure disorder, hypertension, complex wounds, fractures, and post-surgical care. Most patients have multiple diagnoses and many, in addition to their physical ailments, suffer from mental illnesses and drug and alcohol addictions. In addition to our core service of 24-hour nursing care through the Medical Services Program, patients have access to a broad array of support services including case management, addictions counseling, food services, pastoral care, and patient activities.
Support Services Provided:
Meals, Transportation, Case Management
Funding Sources:
HUD, Medicaid/Medicare, Private Donations, Local/State Government, Religious Organization, Foundations, United Way