Transitional Housing Program

The transitional housing program at Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. (EBOL) helps people, by providing temporary housing to homeless families. The EBOL transitional house primarily shelters homeless women with children, from September to July each year.

The transitional housing program is an outgrowth of a ministry of Emory Fellowship UMC, working in collaboration with the Capitol Hill Congregational Based Shelter Program.  The program started in Emory’s board room – when the church hosted a family of 8 in 1994.  In 1998, EBOL converted the parsonage to a shelter for families and in September 2009, EBOL purchased a house at 814 Tuckerman Street NW. This home is solely dedicated to the transitional housing of families. Between 1994 and today, EBOL has housed more than 90 families – more than half of whom have moved on to permanent housing.

Yet, with nearly 1,000 homeless families in the District (representing more than 1,800 children), transitional housing remains a great need. Volunteers from Emory Fellowship and throughout the community make it possible to meet that need. EBOL can always use another helping hand, and no special training is required.  The transitional home needs people to stay overnight with the families residing there. One or two people, a couple or a parent with a child are needed to stay overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

If you are in need of additional resources, here are links to some of the District of Columbia’s great resource guides:

DC Food Finder –

DC Housing Search –

National Capital Region 211 –

Law Help DC –

Community Resource Directory

The Georgia Avenue/Rock Creek East  Family Support – GARCEC Resource Directory update (June 2010)

Mental Health Resource Guide – Mental-Health-Resource-Guide

Mental Health Resource List – Mental Health Service Resource List (2013)

DCOA Senior Service Network Telephone Directory – 65541248-DCOA-Senior-Service-Network-Telephone-Directory