Apply or recertify for cash, food, and medicial benefits available in the District.
DHS offers assistance with funeral costs for low income residents.
Assistance with child care fees is available and based on need, income and family size.
See an overview of DHS services and resources available during modified DC Government operations throughout the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Owe back rent? Facing eviction? The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) may be able to assist.
Locate emergency and "low barrier" shelters that provide beds on a first come, first served basis, to any homeless person.
The District has rental assistance programs and housing resources to help residents prevent eviction.
The Family Services Administration provides protection, intervention and social services to meet 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 family violence.
To partner with and engage the local faith community as mentors to families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
DHS provides emergency and ongoing housing support and services to help individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless, transition into or maintain permanent affordable housing.
The District is committed to protecting residents experiencing homelessness from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during hypothermia and hyperthermia 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).
The District of Columbia offers medical coverage to low income residents through Medicaid, the Health Care Alliance, DC Healthy Families programs and DC's healthcare marketplace.
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.
The Homeless Services Program oversees the provision of homeless services to individuals and families in the District of Columbia.
PASS helps DC youth who are committing truancy, running away, violating curfew, exhibiting extreme disobedience, or are engaged in other illegal behaviors.
Serving to transition District of Columbia Refugees from dependency or on public assistance to self-sufficiency.