PFFC’s Mission and Vision


PFFC’s Mission is to empower people to end housing instability in the Washington DC Metropolitan area through Advocacy, Outreach, and Peer Mentoring.


PFFC’s vision is to provide a practical and educational process to help the impoverished living in Washington DC go from poverty to self-sufficiency through a Peer Mentoring-Advocacy based approach, building capacity by raising the voices of those that have directly experienced housing instability. By providing information, and connecting them with agencies through outreach, we are helping people stay on track. By continuing to stay result-oriented, focused on vulnerable people, with an advocacy approach, we are coming up with solutions that make housing programs and other services for the vulnerable more effective.

Eight Years Old and Going Strong

PFFC celebrates its 6th Anniversary

PFFC celebrates its 6th Anniversary

In 2008 a group of concerned individuals and community members gathered at Miriam’s Kitchen to discuss and address issues of housing instability and affordable housing. During the summer of 2008 the same group was determined to form an organization. The group selected a name, wrote a mission statement, set their goals to carry out a campaign to protect the housing rights of people in poverty, to be very protective in moving their own lives, and those of other vulnerable people living in DC, to self-sufficiency.

Over the years members of PFFC have testified at a number of City Council hearings before the Committee on Health and Human Services. PFFC members have been attending meetings of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) where they have made public comments at quarterly meetings and played an active role in ICH’s Committees.

PFFC has hosted dialogues and information sessions at its weekly meetings given by representatives from: the DC City Council, the DC Department of Human Services (DHS), the DC Cit y Council, the ICH, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), Catholic Charities, the Community Council on the Homeless at Friendship Place, Miriam’s Kitchen, and others.

Two members of PFFC were among the founders of Shelter, Housing, and Respectful Change (SHARC) another organization that advocates for those that lack housing from the perspective of individuals who are without or formerly without housing. PFFC also collaborates with other grass roots organizations made up of individuals who are currently or were formerly without housing, including: Focus, Attitude, and Comment to Excellence (FACE), N Street Village’s Be the Change, and the men and women of Isaiah House

PFFC members have been asked to participate as members of the Board of Directors of a number of organizations in DC that advocate for the underserved, among them: FBC, CNHED, The Way Home Campaign, Empower DC, and the National Law Center for Poverty and Homelessness.

In 2015 three PFFC members produced a documentary called Fairness Rising. Fairness Rising is an effort of PFFC better highlight the work that we do and to raise awareness to the plight of so many impoverished residents of the District of Columbia who are unstably housed.

On March 31, 2016 PFFC received the Be The Change Award from the Washington Peace Center for “PFFC’S consistent work on organizing against homelessness in the District and PFFC’S annual vigil that pays respect to the homeless lives lost in the District”


PFFC meets weekly at Miriams Kitchen

PFFC meets weekly at Miriams Kitchen

PFFC has approximately 20 active members. Most have been housed through our advocacy, outreach, and peer mentoring activities. PFFC is open to anyone who would like to actively support PFFC’s mission and vision. PFFC is lead by a Director, an Assistant Director, a Treasurer, a Secretary and a Project Manager.

PFFC meets every Tuesday between 8:15 and 9:30 am at Miriam’s Kitchen at 2401 Virginia Ave in the basement of the Western Presbyterian Church.

In order to become a voting member one must attend three meetings.


Over the years PFFC has reached out to a number of organizations to establish partnerships and to benefit from their expertise and financial support. Organizations that have partnered with and supported PFFC over the years include: Miriam’s Kitchen, The National Coalition for the Homeless, The Way Home Campaign, CNHED, the Fair Budget Coalition, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Street Sense. Most recently PFFC has also received support from: the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), So Others Might Eat (SOME), the Foundry Presbyterian Church, and the Western Presbyterian Church. Over time we hope to further expand our network of partners and sponsors.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Coalition for Non-profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED)
Miriam's Kitchen


Diverse City Fund Grants

In 2013 and 2014 PFFC received grants from the Diverse City Fund, an organization that works to nurture community leaders and grassroots projects that are acting to transform DC into a more just, vibrant place to live. PFFC has submitted a proposal to the Diverse City Fund for its 2016 cycle.

Both grants have had as their objectives supporting PFFC as it strengthens its organizational capabilities and expands its advocacy, outreach, and peer mentoring efforts.


Over the years, PFFC members have testified on numerous occasions at DC City Council Hearings.  Not all testimonies were written.  From here on all written PFC testimonies will appear on this website.