COVID-19 Specific Resources
Stay DC – Housing Assistance
This program provides utility assistance funds for qualified Pepco customers that rent. For more information click here.
For information on getting a Coronavirus vaccination, please visit the District of Columbia’s COVID-19 portal at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine
Help for DC Residents
The District of Columbia Government has set up a page of current information for DC residents to get assistance. Go to https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ to find out more. Residents can also call the DC helpline at 1 (888) 349-8323 to request assistance.
We hope that you find this information helpful as the DC region is coping with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Help for the unsheltered
For information about the DC Comprehensive Street Outreach Network and the services available to those who are experiencing homelessness on the street in DC, click here.
grocery distribution sites
To get current information on food distribution sites and programs for youth and seniors in DC, click here.
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program
Department of Housing and Community Development program to assist DC residents. Go to https://dhcd.dc.gov/service/covid-19-rental-assistance for more information.
DC residents who would like to be tested should visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testing for up to date information.
Ward 4 Mutual Aid
If you are in need of supplies and can’t afford them because of job loss or other reasons, or just need a neighbor to call on to actually deliver needed items to you because you are at high risk, please call the hotline at 202-681-3098 or email email@example.com. The dispatch team will take your request. If you can volunteer to help click here to sign up.
DHCD Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has developed a $1.5 million program funded by the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program dollars to offer tenant-based rental assistance to low-income renters. Click the link below for details on qualifications and how to apply:
ASKDC – Domestic Violence Resource
ASK DC and the DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence have launched a COVID-19 campaign to increase access to victim services and daily resources.
ASK DC is a mobile-ready website and downloadable app that includes a panic button to immediately call local emergency personnel, the ability to alert friends and share your GPS location with selected contacts, and over 85 local resources for victims of gender-based violence and their loved ones. It is available in 8 languages and is free and confidential. Click here for more information.
Capital Area Food Bank
Click here for more information about their network of food resources throughout the DC area.
Catholic Charities Food Pantry
1618 Monroe Street, NW Washington, DC 20010 – Distribution take place in the parking lot.
Every Wednesday at 9 am. Fresh produce and 3 protein options. Once that is out they give out non-perishable food bags. They have boxed lunches for those waiting in line. Please note that this is first come, first served. Although they are located at 1618 Monroe St NW, they distribute from the back parking lot. For new clients, the best address to provide them with is 1625 Park Rd. NW.
DC Student Meal Finder
Put in your address and find free meals in your neighborhood. Click here.
Assistance with diapers
Help for Pets and their People
The Humane Resource Alliance (HRA) has a wealth of resources to support animals and their owners during the pandemic:
Help Out, Partner, and Engage (HOPE) helps animals by supporting the people who love them. We work to address the lack of accessible, affordable pet care resources by providing free services and information. This critical lifeline helps to keep pets healthy, happy, and in loving homes.
The Pet Pantry program was created to support DC residents in caring for their pets by providing free pet food to those who indicate need. The food distributed is intended to supplement the pet’s monthly food needs and to reduce the financial burden associated with pet care.
How does it work?
The Pet Pantry operates on a regular schedule, with designated times and days of the week during which pet owners can show up to pick up for their animals. HRA is not able to provide food to pet owners who arrive outside of these timeframes.
The HRA Pet Pantry is open to any pet owner who is a resident of DC Please bring proof of DC residency the first time you come to pick up food.
The Humane Rescue Alliance believes all families should have a safe home to live in where pets of all kinds are permitted to live with them. However, HRA recognizes that, for many pet owners, this is not a reality and that a common reason for relinquishment or rehoming of a beloved animal is the presence of pet restrictions in housing.
If you are a pet owner and are facing a situation in which you have to find another pet-friendly home or risk losing your animal, please contact the Humane Rescue Alliance for assistance: 202-723-5700
CFSA Resource List
Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) has compiled a comprehensive list of services including food, financial assistance and mental health resources. You can see the list by clicking here.
PAVE DC Resource List
Our friends at PAVE DC have already compiled a valuable resource page full of updates, resources and tips for families. Please check it out by clicking here.
Legal Aid Society Non-Legal resource guide
Mi Casa and Housing Counseling Services Resource guide
Mi Case and Housing Counseling Services have compiled a guide of resources that you can access by clicking here.
dc link u resource directory
DC Department of Health online resource directory. Search by your zip code to find resources for assistance in your area by clicking here.
Check these links below for parenting help during these times; tips for talking to your children and more.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
They have a COVID-19 specific section of resources on their web page. Click here.
The Children’s Law Center
They have a listing of various resources for families with children. Click here.