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Homeless Children and Youth Services at DCPS

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DCPS is committed to serving all students residing in the District of Columbia, including homeless children and youth.

A homeless student is defined as a child without a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence and are subsequently:

  • Sheltered — living in emergency or transitional shelters,
  • Hotel/Motel — living in hotels, motels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  • Doubled Up — living in a shared housing situation due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • Unsheltered — living in any other non-permanent housing not covered above (i.e. living on the streets, in abandoned buildings, cars, substandard housing, etc.)
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above; and
  • Unaccompanied youth, including youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, who qualify as homeless because they live in circumstances, described above.

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How to Get Help/Support

Contact your school’s School-based Homeless Liaison.

  • Each school has an identified school-based homeless liaison who receives training on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This staff member is responsible for protecting the rights of students experiencing homelessness and providing needed supports. Download a list of homeless liaison contacts[XLS].
  • If a homeless child or youth is having trouble enrolling in school, please contact the Homeless Children and Youth Program at 202-576-9502. The HCYP is available to assist DCPS children and youth and their families who are experiencing homelessness regarding educational issues.

Contact the Homeless Children and Youth Program

Tierra Washington, Homeless Children and Youth Program Manager
LEA Homeless Liaison
Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (202) 576-9502

Timothy Durant Jr, Homeless Children and Youth Program Analyst
Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (202) 309-5363

Program Email: [email protected]

If you are in need of emergency shelter during or after work hours, please contact:

Virginia Williams Family Resource Center
920 Rhode Island Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 546-0017
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM and Friday, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Services: Intake center for all emergency shelters, community resources, public benefits, case management.

Hypothermia/Emergency Shelter Hotline
Phone Number: (202) 399-7093 or 211

  • Notes: When the temperature falls below 32° Fahrenheit between November 1 and March 31, all people who are homeless must be housed in the District. After 3:30 p.m. and on weekends, during extreme temperature alerts (any hour), families should call the Shelter Hotline for transportation to the DC General Family Shelter or other available family shelter. The Shelter Hotline is operated by the United Planning Organization (UPO).
  • The Homeless Shelter Directory provides a list of shelters and various resources.

Emergency Shelter Points of Contact

Kia Williams
Virginia Williams Family Resource Center Program Manager
DC Department of Human Services
Email: [email protected]

Ramona Thomas
Team Lead | Community Liaison Specialist
Community Outreach Response and Engagement Team
DC Department of Human Services
Email: [email protected]
(202) 698-4186 (office)
(202) 403-7006 (mobile)

COVID-19 Supports

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Resources

Community Resources