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Youth Housing Options and Prevention Education (HOPE)

Housed within the DC Department of Human Services (DHS), Family Services Administration (FSA), Youth Services Division (YSD), Youth Homeless Services (YHS) leads the city’s response to youth homelessness through grants to community-based organizations in the District of Columbia (District).  These organizations are valuable partners of DHS because they provide housing, street outreach, and drop-in center services for youth up to 24 years old experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.  

DC Department of Human Services (DHS) through Youth Homeless Services funds the following programs (except when noted otherwise): 

Street Outreach 

  • Friendship Place - (202) 631-5008

Drop-In Centers 

  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
    741 8th Street SE - (202) 675-9340 x214,215*
  • Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
    3045 15 Street NW - (202) 713-0475*
  • Covenant House Greater Washington 
    201 Mississippi Ave SE - (202) 610-9600*+
  • Casa Ruby
    1635 Connecticut Ave NW - (202) 290-1329*
  • Zoe's Doors
    900 Rhode Island Ave NE - (202) 248-2098*

(*) Resources at these providers vary but may include food, clothing, laundry services, showers, case management, and referrals to other services.
(+) Independently funded.

Emergency Shelters 

  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork - Bruce House (ages 17 & under)
    - For entry call (202) 546-4900
  • Casa Ruby - CR3 (LGBTQ specific) (ages 18-24 yrs)
    - 2002 R Street NW - (202) 355-5155
  • Covenant House Greater Washington - The Sanctuary (18-24 yrs)
    - 2001 Mississippi Avenue SE - (202) 610-9698
  • Covenant House Greater Washington - Safe Haven (ages 18-24 yrs)
    - 511 Melon Street SE - (202) 610-9600
  • Healthy Babies – Muriel’s House (pregnant/parenting teens 16-21) 
    - For entry call (202) 396-2809
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork– Phillip Reid’s Home (18-24 yrs)
    - 1814 Rhode Island Ave NE - (202) 948-2869

If you are 18-to-24 years old (transition age youth, “TAY”) and experiencing homelessness, call the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Hotline at (202) 547-7777 or visit www.coordinatedentry.com under ‘Help?’ for a list of outreach providers and drop-in center locations.  

Homeless Diversion Services 

In addition to the services provided by the community partners listed above, YSD administers the Youth Housing Options Prevention Education (HOPE) program that provides youth homeless prevention, reunification and stabilization services. The program works to divert youth from the homeless shelter system and reunite them with their natural supports (family, mentors, allies, etc.) via mediation services and family support, whenever safe and possible, as well as identification of permanent housing solutions.   

To be eligible for Youth HOPE, you must be:

District of Columbia Transition Age Youth (TAY), 24 years old or younger, homeless, living in doubled-up circumstances, in transitional housing, in shelter, or at risk of homelessness

Services provided to youth eligible for Youth HOPE include:

  • Stabilization services provided in partnership with Strengthening Foundations 
  • Prevention services (i.e. family counseling and mediation)  
  • Workshops on mental health and supportive services  
  • Short term crisis intervention and counseling  
  • Short term case management 

For more information about Youth Homeless Services,
please call (202) 698-4334.