Resource Guide


DC Hypothermia and Shelter Hotline

Shelter Complaints

Domestic Violence

DC Rape Crisis Center

Substance Abuse/Detox

Office of Police Complaints (OCP)

Metropolitan Police
Emergency: 911

General Information

DC Department of Human Services

Homeless Resource Sheet for a list of basic services, hotline numbers and examples of resources to help you.

Food Services

Thrive DC provides meals twice daily and operates a weekly emergency food pantry.  View our Services.

For additional help with food resources go to:

DC Food Finder:
En Espanol (Buscador de Comida de DC)

Use this site to locate free and low cost meals and groceries; places to apply for and use food assistance benefits; cooking classes and nutrition workshops; farmers’ markets; community gardens; and other food resources in Washington, DC.

Healthcare Services

General Healthcare Information
DC Department of Health

Free Health Insurance eligibility and resources

Mental Health
DC Department of Mental Health

Services for homeless individuals

Community-based service providers

Find a Free HIV/AIDS testing site

DC Takes on HIV

HIV facts

En Espanol: El VIH en DC

Legal Assistance

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Legal services for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

Public Defender Service
en Espanol: Servicio de Defensoria Publica Para el Distrito de Columbia


The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in DC.


Emergency Shelters
Locations of 12- and 24-hour emergency shelters

Family Shelter
Virginia Williams Resource Center

The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (FRC) is the central intake office for all families requesting emergency housing and assistance in the District of Columbia.

More Shelter Information
Links to other Housing programs and Shelters in DC

Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitiation

Without insurance, DC residents call:
(202) 698-6080×4

Detox Center at DC General
1300 First Street, NE
Provides medical detoxification for alcohol, cocaine, heroin, prescriptions drugs, PCP and other substances.

With insurance, DC residents call:

Drug Abuse Institute
Howard University Hospital
2041 Georgia Avenue NW, Suite 6B-07


Morning and evening transportation from shelters to various locations in downtown DC:

For men:,A,3,Q,643037.asp

For women