$1.7 million grant to build D.C. service center for homeless

(FILE PHOTO: CONNECTICUT AVENUE)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a $1.7 million grant to build a Downtown Day Services Center that will provide critical services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

The program will be housed in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and managed by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, with social services provided by Pathways to Housing DC, District agencies, and other key partners.

The center is set to open before the start of the 2018-2019 hypothermia season which begins on November 1. Officials say the center will serve at least 100 clients per day.

Clients will have access to meals, computers, showers, and laundry facilities. Additionally, services will include connections to case management, behavioral health resources, employment support, and housing assessments.

“As we continue our work to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, the Downtown Day Services Center will enable us to reach more individuals and get more residents connected to the resources and supports they need to stay safe and secure permanent housing,” said Mayor Bowser. “This center is one more way we can provide individuals experiencing homelessness with the respite and resources they need and deserve.”

The center, which will work to connect clients to permanent housing, will operate Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Programming will promote wellness and harm reduction, and clients will be able to access transportation assistance, legal services, and assistance with securing vital documents.