people are served in all our programs each year

%

of our clients are men

%

of our clients are black or African American

Who We Serve  Housing & Recovery Resources

Emergencies

If you see someone who is in immediate physical or mental distress, please call 911. Don’t assume that someone else is going to call so please take the initiative to help the person in crisis.

Mental Health Crises

If you see someone who is homeless and having a mental health crisis you can direct them to any one of the city’s community hospitals. They will evaluate the person and give them mental health treatment as needed. If the person is not interested in going to the hospital or doesn’t have the ability to go on their own but you still have concerns about their welfare, you may call the Department of Behavioral Health’s Access HelpLine at 1-888-793-4357, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that a crisis team can respond. Some of the behaviors you may observe include screaming, provoking others, threatening to hurt themselves or someone else, feelings of extreme depression, exposing themself, dressing inappropriately for the weather, acting or gesturing erratically, or walking in traffic. Other crisis situations may also include the inability to meet basic needs for safety and physical health: extremely poor hygiene, lice/bugs, refusing to eat/drink fluids, extreme weight loss.

Non-emergency Medical or Psychiatric Assistance

If you see someone who needs medical or psychiatric assistance but there is no immediate danger to the homeless individual or others around them, then you may call the Department of Behavioral Health’s Homeless Outreach program (202-673-9124) to get them the help that they may need. The outreach team will come out and assess the person for intervention and assistance. Be prepared to describe the reason for your call and to provide a good description of the person. This includes where the individual is located, clothes they are wearing, personal demographics, unique characteristics, and the person’s name (if known).

Food Assistance
If someone asks you for money and you are uncomfortable giving them money but want to help in some way, consider getting them a water bottle or a healthy snack, or directing them to the nearest meal program. You can use this interactive site DC Food Finder for various kinds of food resources in DC (including food bags and prepared meals). 
Shelter
If you know someone who is interested in going to shelter, direct them to the Shelter Hotline for assistance at 1-800-535-7252. They are available year round for scheduled transportation and outreach to homeless residents of the District. During the winter months (November 1st through March 31st), the program provides services 7-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day to homeless adults and families. They offer emergency transportation to shelters, access to warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and food, when available. During the warmer months, (April 1st through October 31st), the Shelter Hotline continues to provide scheduled transportation to shelters and emergency transportation when temperatures are excessively high from 8am until midnight. They are often our first line of defense during weather related emergencies. 
Families
Homeless families can be directed to the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center for centralized intake and resource referrals. Virginia Williams is located at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE and their phone number is 202-536-0017. After hours, homeless families may call the Shelter Hotline for assistance. 
Veterans
Homeless veterans can be referred to the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) which is located at 1500 Franklin Street, NE. They can also be reached at (202) 636-7660. The CRRC is open 7-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day and although it is not a shelter, it includes a primary care clinic, kitchen, laundry, shower facilities, a food pantry, and other community resources for Veterans. Please note that not all offices are open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. The Veteran’s Crisis Line is 1-800-273-8255.

How Pathways Helped Restore David's Eyesight and Hope

David was homeless in and around Bethesda for almost 30 years, living in the woods for most of that time. Constantly on the move, David survived by panhandling, dumpster diving, and selling scrap metal. David’s untreated cataracts finally caught up with him and he completely lost his eyesightDavid felt his way, mostly by memory, to the panhandling and dumpster-diving spots that he knew before going blind. A homeless outreach worker connected David to a Pathways case worker, who took him to a doctor who offered to operate to restore David’s sight, for free! David was able to see again for the first time in years. In October, David moved into his own apartment. Having his sight back and a home of his own has made all the difference in David’s life.

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