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Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reports alleging abuse, neglect and exploitation of frail elderly and disabled adults and intervenes to protect vulnerable adults who are at risk.

Confidentiality and Disclosure

APS reports and investigative information are confidential and will not be disclosed.  There are only a few instances under which an APS reports and/or investigative reports can be disclosed.

Center Contact Information Services Provided

DHS offers assistance with funeral costs for low income residents.

Once an assessment is complete, case management and support services are provided to all teenage recipients under 18 years of age if they are not residing with a parent or legal guardian. Case management services are also offered to other teen parents if the client requests service.

Assistance with child care fees is available and based on an assessment of need, income and family size.

Owe back rent?  Facing Eviction?  Emergency Rental Assistance can help.

Emergency or low-barrier shelters are designed to keep people safe from extreme weather conditions.  The Emergency Shelter program provides beds on a first come, first served basis, to any homeless person. It is sometimes also referred to as emergency shelter.

The Teen Parent Assessment program empowers teen parents to move toward self-sufficiency. The program strives to accomplish self-sufficiency for teen parents in several ways:

Request an ERAP appointment at the following locations


Meeting the needs of vulnerable adults and families to help reduce risk and promote self-sufficiency.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is an initiative that supports the establishment, maintenance and expansion of programs and projects to prevent incidents of family violence.

The Homeless Services Program oversees the provision of homeless services to individuals and families in the District of Columbia.

DHS provides emergency and ongoing housing support and services to help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless transition into or maintain permanent affordable housing.

Hypothermia season is November 1 to March 31.

The District of Columbia is committed to protecting the homeless from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during hypothermia (not enough heat) and hyperthermia (too much heat) seasons.

The Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) Program provides temporary financial assistance to those who are unable to work due to a disability and have a high probability of receiving federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

Medical help is available for low income District residents.

DHS investigates allegations of suspected public assistance benefit fraud, related to SNAP,  TANF and Medicaid. We also investigate unusual incidents, such as employee misconduct, harassment, and assault, which compromise the integrity of DHS programs. Additionally, DHS receives and assesses suggestions for improvement, and coordinates the resolution of complaints related to DHS programs and services.