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Downtown Transportation & Services Plan for Services Impacted by the MLK Library Closure

Effective March 6, 2017


In the absence of a downtown day center, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK) offers residents experiencing homelessness a safe place to be indoors during the day, access to employment services, a case manager, restrooms and water. MLK Library also serves as a transportation hub for individuals traveling from shelters to and from the downtown area.

The March 4th closing of the library for a three-year renovation means the loss of these services. Subsequently, DHS and its partners have developed a short-term transportation and services plan while DHS pursues the long-term strategy of opening a downtown day center.

Plan for Service Provision

Until the District is able to establish a downtown day center, DHS will replace transportation to and from the MLK Library with multiple transit points that are accessible to resources and services that customers are seeking. The details are as follows:

Transportation will be provided on a loop beginning at 801 East Men’s Shelter (2700 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE) and stopping at the following locations each day:

  • Minnesota Avenue & Benning Road, NE.
    Individuals can take advantage of employment services at the Department of Employment Services, access computers and other reading materials at the Dorothy Height/Benning Road Library and health care at the Unity Health Care Clinic.
  • Adams Place Day Center – 2210 Adams Place, NE.
    individuals can access case management services, laundry facilities, showers and computers, as well as eat breakfast and lunch on-site.
  • Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G Street, NW. 
    Individuals may sit in the church while it's open. The Church of the Epiphany is also home to Street Sense.

In addition, Adams Place Day Center will also expand the operating hours to 7 am - 6:30 pm, Monday – Friday and add computers and other services that have historically drawn people to MLK Library.

Finally, the following churches are open in the downtown area and will continue to provide supports to individuals during their normal business hours:

  1. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
    New York Avenue, NW
    Bathrooms and water: Monday – Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
  2. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
    1518 M Street, NW
    Bathrooms: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4:30 p,
  3. National City Christian Church
    5 Thomas Circle, NW
    Bathrooms: Open to the public daily
  4. Foundry United Methodist Church
    1500 16th Street, NW
    Bathrooms: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4:30 pm
  5. Catholic Charities
    924 G Street NW
    Homeless services: Monday – Friday 10 am– 4:30 pm
    Meals: Wednesday evenings
  6. SOME (So Others Might Eat)
    71 O Street NW
    Meals: Monday – Friday Breakfast 7 – 8:30 am; Lunch 11 am – 1 pm
  7. Church of the Epiphany
    1317 G Street NW
    Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

For more information, please contact Dallas Williams at [email protected]