COVID-19 Family Resource Center

As we navigate the current public health emergency, the well-being of our students and families remains our top priority. We recognize the hardships and uncertainties many of our families are facing right now and are committed to supporting in any way we can. Below you will find resources readily available to families in a variety of different areas of assistance. We will continue to update this page often so check back regularly. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or school leader if you have any questions.


Food Assistance

KIPP DC Meal Program: KIPP DC and the District government are partnering to serve free meals to children 18 years old and younger at KIPP DC, Charter, and DCPS locations.

The District of Columbia has a new hotline for residents who cannot leave their homes and require assistance obtaining food or other necessary goods and meet a certain criteria. Call 1.888.349.8323 for more information.

Martha’s Table will continue to offer no-cost groceries at The Common’s Market (2375 Elvans Road SE) and the Maycroft Market (1474 Columbia Road NW). View more information.

Miriam’s Kitchen, 2401 Virginia Avenue NW, 202.452.8926

SOME, 71 O Street NW, 202.797.8806

THRIVE DC, 1525 Newton Street NW, 202.737.9311

Bread for the City, 1640 Good Hope Rd SE, 202.265.2400

Maketto/Chris Cardi Inc, 1351 H St NE, 202.681.3532

N Street Village Women’s Day Center, 1333 N St NW, 202.939.2076

Career Opportunities & Unemployment

Congress Heights On The Rise: This month’s career opportunities include: DYRS Counselor, Director of Operations, Administrative Assistant, Reporter/News Investigation Team, Executive and Engagement Assistant, Writer, Graphic Designer, Help Desk Technician and more.

Pernix Consulting: Pernix Consulting, has a new contract with the Small Business Administration (SBA), helping disburse small business loans for the crisis. They are hiring hundreds of people to work from home, all over the US. Period of performance is at least a year, with an option to extend.

Department of Employment Services: District residents may file for unemployment compensation at using this link. View more information on the unemployment compensation process.

Internet Assistance

KIPP DC Remote Learning Hub: Visit the KIPP DC Remote Learning hub for materials to support your child’s academic growth during school closures. All KIPP DC middle and high school students should be receiving Chromebooks. If you have questions or need tech device support connect with your child’s teacher.

Guide To Internet Plans For Low- And Fixed-Income Households

Comcast Internet Essentials: Free Internet for 60 Days!

Xfinity Free Public Hotspots

OCTO Free Wi-Fi

Utilities Assistance

PEPCO is suspending service disconnections and waiving late fees until May 1. View more information.

DC Water has suspended disconnections for non-payment. They are also restoring service for disconnected customers and waiving late fees and offering more lenient repayment terms for customers who fall behind on their bills during the public health emergency.

Residents who are unable to make utility payments can apply for utility assistance online at DOEE.

Emergency Child Care

OSSE is providing emergency childcare for healthcare employees. This includes physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, custodians, etc. who work in a medical facility. The service will be provided at no cost to families with a child care subsidy. AlphaBest and Champions will provide services for school age students. UPO will provide services to students aged 6 weeks to 3 years. Interested families should fill out this interest form.

Child care will be provided at the following locations:

  • Ballou High School, 3401 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20032
  • Marie Reed Elementary, 2201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Noyes Elementary, 2201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • School Without Walls at Francis Stevens, 2130 G St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Simon Elementary, 401 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032
  • United Planning Organization (UPO) Edgewood Child Development Center, 601 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Family Services

Virginia Williams Family Resource Center: Emergency Rental Assistance, Housing Resources, Temporary Shelter, Community Resources, Public Benefits, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Childcare subsidy

Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (Ward 8): Emergency Rental Assistance, Housing Resources, Community Resources

East River Family Strengthening Collaborative (Ward 7): Emergency Rental Assistance, Housing Resources, Community Resources

Emergency Housing

Sasha Bruce: 741 A 8th Street SE, 202.547.7777

Zoe’s Doors: 900 Rhode Island Avenue NE, 202.248.2098

Covenant House: 129 Yuma Street SE P, 202.610.9698/9693

Health & Wellness

Health Link has comprehensive information about the extended benefits available during their Covid-19 outbreak (ie. most providers are waiving copays for Covid-19 testing and treatment, most providers are covering telehealth, etc.)

DC Medicaid is offering special enrollment. Apply here.

Department of Behavioral Health: Speak with mental health clinicians  on fears of the pandemic. 1.888.793.4357

Champs: Mobile mental health crisis support. 202.481.1440

Legal Aid

Legal Aid Society: Legal services in the areas of domestic violence, family, housing, public benefits, and consumer law.

Posted on April 8, 2020 in Community