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What would help?

Everyone experiences moments of challenge.  Bread for the City offers DC residents an opportunity to fill the gaps.  Bread for the City asks the new clients register at their first visit.

To register, please walk in during regular hours and inquire with Front Desk staff.

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FOOD

• Monthly five-day supply of nutritious groceries
• Monthly Free Farmers Market at each center
• Grocery Plus distribution site for qualifying seniors (60+)

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CLOTHING

• Attire for all ages and occasions
• Toiletry packs regularly available
• Small household goods in limited quantities

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HEALTH CARE

• Medical Home for all ages, regardless of ability to pay
• Primary Care
• Dental, Vision, and Behavioral Health

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SOCIAL SERVICES

• Information about resources for shelter, food, public benefits, and more
• Support for well-being, employment, and benefits management
• Open hours with caring staff

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LEGAL SERVICES

• Advice, referrals, and representation
• Housing, family, and public benefits cases
• Support from partner organizations on other legal issues

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Frequently Asked Questions

I need emergency rent or utility assistance; can you help?

Unfortunately, we do not have any emergency financial assistance. A good place to start is by contacting the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  This program administers financial assistance through the following list of vendors.

Do you give out SmartTrip cards?

In general, no, unfortunately we are not able to provide transportation assistance. Some exceptions are made for clients enrolled in specific Bread for the City programs (such as our Pre-Employment Program) that require regular attendance for a set period of time.

I need a birth certificate and/or a photo ID. How can I get one?

Bread for the City does not provide photo IDs.

The below websites explain the processes for requesting common identifying documents:

If you’re looking for additional information, check out the ID Packet, May 2018 Update.  Bread for the City has compiled information from the above websites.  Please note that the ID packet is for information only and does not provide legal advice.

How do I apply for food stamps, TANF, IDA, DCHCA or Medicaid?

The DC Department of Human Services’ Economic Security Administration determines eligibility for these public benefit programs. We can review eligibility criteria, help you complete the application and give you information about which proofs you need to provide. For some programs we can fax the application in for you, and for other programs you will have to go to DHS and apply in person. For more information about these and other public benefit programs please ask to speak to a case manager during our open hours.

I’m not eligible for your food program. Where can I get food?

The Capital Area Food Bank runs a phone helpline for navigating local free/affordable food resources. The best number to call is (202) 644-9807.  More information is available here.

I need clothing. Where can I go?

Bread for the City’s clothing room is located in our Southeast Center. Eligibility and hours are listed here.

Do you have furniture?

No, we don’t provide furniture but please contact us for information on other groups that may be able to help.

I need a job. How can you help?

We are not a job training or job placement agency. However, through our case management program we work with individuals to support them as they try to reach their goal. For some, employment is one of these goals.

We offer a job readiness program through our Pre-Employment Program out of our SE Center. (Email Stacey Smith to learn more.)

Our case managers can also provide you with a listing of job training and placement agencies in DC.

I need affordable housing. How can you help?

Bread for the City operates the Housing Access Program to help clients navigate DC’s complicated subsidized housing application process.

You can also speak to one of our case managers to discuss your situation and what options might be available to you.  If you are in need of a place to stay tonight please call the Shelter Hotline: 1-800-535-7252 or 202-399-7093.

I need a mailing address. Can my mail get sent to Bread for the City?

No, we are not able to serve as a mailing address for the public.  Please contact us for information on other groups that may be able to help.