The Homeless Services Program oversees the provision of homeless services to individuals and families in the District of Columbia.
If your family or a family you know is experiencing a housing crisis that they cannot resolve on their own, please contact Virginia Willi
Many students attending an institution of higher education (i.e., college, university, trade/technical school) more than half-time (as determined by the institution) may be eligible for food assistance through the District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pro
The Strong Families Program strives to strengthen the individual and family unit, foster healthy development and help address the issues that create ongoing challenges for 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.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly known as the "Food Stamps" program - helps low-income residents and families buy the food they need for good health.
TANF provides cash assistance and work to needy District families with dependent children.
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.