Resources Specifically For DC Families


Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc: To empower families, youth, and the community to be effective advocates to ensure that children and youth, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate education and health services.

Access HelpLine (1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357): Individuals can call during moments of extreme stress and mental hardship to access counselors. Professionals can activate mobile crisis teams to respond to adults and children who are experiencing a psychiatric or emotional crisis and are unable or unwilling to travel to receive behavioral health services. 

DC127: To ensure the success of every child in foster care and those at risk of entering the child welfare system. 

Department of Behavioral Health Child/Youth Ombudsman Program: To assist parents, guardians and youth with any challenges related to behavioral health needs for children/youth (up to 25 year old).

Dream for Kids DC: To provide life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their potential.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program DC: The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps income-eligible District residents facing housing emergencies. The program provides funding for overdue rent if a qualified household is facing eviction (including late costs and court fees). The program also supports security deposits and first month’s rent for residents moving to new apartments.

Food & Friends: To improve the lives and health of people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves by: preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries that are designed to meet the medical and dietary needs of each of their clients; providing nutritional counseling and wellness education that enhances their clients’ quality of life; and creating a strong sense of community for both their clients and volunteers that reduces the social isolation that often comes with serious illnesses and provides meaningful opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors in need.

LIFT-DC: To empower families to break the cycle of poverty. DC families experiencing poverty can access personalized support and coaching.

Network of Care for Behavioral Health: An online resource directory of mental health and substance use services and resources.

Office of Disability Rights: Provides a wide range of information and services for DC residents with disabilities.

Parent Resource at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Adrienne Rodriguez – 202-478-5947; Sheryl Hamilton (Supervisor) – 202-741-6404 (Office)

Virginia Williams Family Resource Center: Families may access emergency housing through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC), the central intake office for all families in the District of Columbia seeking assistance with their housing needs.