D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will be opening the Downtown Day Services Center at 1313 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 on February 25.
Individuals who are currently homeless will be provided day care services at the Center. Making use of the Housing First method, the Center moves the homeless individuals into housing and connects them with supportive services.
The Center will offer various services to homeless people, including house services, food, beverages, restroom facilities, laundry, healthcare, and employment assistance. The Center will serve at least 100 clients per day and also give additional services like access to computers, connections to case management, and behavioral health resources.
Last year in August, Bowser had announced a $1.7 million grant to build the Center which would provide critical services to individuals experiencing homelessness.
“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,” Bowser had said in a statement.
Laura Zeilinger, Director Department of Human Services, had said that the program is a “critical component in advancing the progress made to reduce and end homelessness in the District.”
According to Christy Respress, Executive Director of Pathways to Housing D.C., the Center is “incredibly important” in their fight to end homelessness. “It will help bridge the gap between D.C. street outreach teams and service providers while providing a safe and welcoming space for people experiencing homelessness,” said Respress.
Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District (BID) will operate the Center with support from the District of Columbia Department of Human Services, and with services from Pathways to Housing D.C. and HIPS.
For more information, contact (202)-383-8810.