Services and support in the greater DC area

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Resources for DC Residents

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Washington DC and the surrounding areas have a variety of services to meet the needs of our community.  Below are resources and contact information that may be useful.

Food Services

There are many organizations in the DC area that aid families with food insecurity.  The list of distribution centers vary from day to day and are continuously evolving.

When you call Capital Area Food Bank’s Hunger Lifeline, we can help you find local organizations that can assist you with emergency food help.

To reach the Hunger Lifeline, call (202) 644-9807 or e-mail

The District of Columbia’s (District) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Stamps) helps low-income individuals and families by providing monthly benefits to purchase food. SNAP benefits are provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, that is used as a debit card. EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores, some farmers’ markets, convenience, big box stores, and some online stores. SNAP benefits generally cannot be used to buy prepared foods, vitamins, alcohol/tobacco, and non-food items (like soap or toothpaste).

Pregnancy and Infant Services

DC WIC a government resource that supplies families (including pregnant people) with baby formula and food for children up to the age of 5. They are immigration status blind, meaning they do not check or care about that status. WIC does not count as a “public charge” for immigration purposes.

Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center provides maternity and baby clothing and supplemental supplies • Medical, legal, adoption, and housing referrals. • Can help with diapers once per month on a supplemental basis

Mutual Aid (DC)

  • Ward 1: 202-681-9183
  • Ward 2: 202-688-5812
  • Ward 3: 202-556-1315
  • Ward 4: 202-681-3098
  • Ward 5: 202-643-7030
  • Ward 6: 202-683-9962
  • Ward 7/8: 202-630-0336

Clothing: Bread for the City

Click here to request an appointment to shop Bread for the City’s free clothing boutique in our Southeast Center, 1700 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC, 20020.

Legal Services

DC has many organizations who provide free and confidential legal services for low-income individuals and families.  Legal Aid DC specializes in Housing law, Domestic Violence/Family Law, Public Benefits Law, and Consumer Law.  Neighborhood Legal Services Program provides free civil legal services to low-income residents to assist with safe and affordable shelter, stabilizing family relationships, protecting victims of domestic violence, securing access to healthcare and public benefits and reducing barriers to employment. They also help with pathways out of poverty.

Legal Assistance and Referrals

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center offers neighborhood brief advice and referral clinics and resource centers at the D.C. Superior Court that may help you as you navigate your legal issues.

Legal Advocacy for Immigrants

CARECEN DC provides supports to immigrants seeking to integrate into the United States who often face social, economic, and political barriers that make it difficult to transition.

Their programs increase skills, knowledge, and civic engagement— helping foster security, stability, and a better sense of belonging while strengthening the community overall.

Ayuda DC provides legal, social, and language services to help low-income immigrants in the DMV access justice and transform their lives. n Ayuda’s expert and dedicated professionals help immigrants from anywhere in the world navigate the immigration and justice systems and access the social safety net. This comprehensive and welcoming approach breaks down barriers, helps those in need, and makes our communities stronger.

Prison Outreach

Catholic Charities provides mentoring t opeople returning to their communities after incarceration.  Their goal is to help individuals returning to the community from incarceration to reintegrate successfully by creating a support network centered around volunteers and mentors. Together they help returning citizens overcome big and small obstacles as they seek employment and find safe housing and other services needed to prevent recidivism.

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