Supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and assisting them in exiting homelessness has been a core tenant of the DowntownDC BID since its founding in 1997. Today, the Foundation works to support the services offered at the DowntownDC BID’s state-of-the-art Downtown Day Services Center (DDSC) facility, at the Weekend Homeless Services Program at Vermont Avenue, through street outreach efforts and more.
Downtown Day Services Center
The Downtown Day Services Center (DDSC) opened in February 2019 to offer individuals experiencing homelessness basic services including food, showers, restrooms and laundry facilities as well as a host of specialized support such as on-site healthcare, mental health support, case management, employment and housing assistance, vital records and more provided by a host of partners under a “Housing First” model. This model prioritizes permanent supportive housing to end homelessness first, which offers a platform for individuals to then further their quality of life. The Foundation secures services, funding and support for the activities carried out at the DDSC, at the Downtown Weekend Community Services Program on Vermont Avenue, and throughout downtown for all individuals experiencing homelessness.