It has been proven that a path to ending chronic homelessness is to reduce or remove barriers for individuals who seek support and resources. The absence of basic human services during the day for people experiencing homelessness impairs their ability to navigate the housing process and get the care and support they need to put them in a position to exit homelessness.
The Downtown Day Services Center (The Center) exists to address these needs, offering a centrally-located single-access point for services in a state-of-the-art facility. The Center provides basic services such as food, laundry facilities, showers and restrooms. Beyond this, guests have access to on-site health care, employment and legal assistance, housing case management, harm reduction services, vital records and more, all under a Housing First model, which aims to connect individuals to permanent supportive housing to end homelessness.
This work would not be possible without vital partnerships and support, including from the DC Department of Human Services. But there is so much more we strive to accomplish. Additional funding would allow The Center to support even more individuals, expand hours, offer additional services (such as dental and podiatry services) and enhance staffing, training and programming to achieve even greater goals.