During this public health emergency, our staff is teleworking in order to practice social distancing and help slow the spread of COVID-19. We remain available to our community via phone.
If you or someone you know has a legal issue with which we might be able to assist we ask that you call our main line: 202-328-5500.
Our Legal Clinic model puts us at the crossroads of two groups: People seeking to get help and people seeking to help. These groups are never stagnant, a reality that has been expressly highlighted during this health emergency. This pandemic has underscored our interconnectedness, and we’ve been inspired to see the many ways in which people show up for one another. The community has mobilized to put in place resources to help meet the host of needs that have emerged as a result of this virus and the valiant efforts to contain it.
While monitoring our legal cases and working to protect the rights, health, and safety of our clients, we are also doing our best to stay on top of the many resources and opportunities being created by communities across DC. We’ve compiled resources on both “how to get help” and “how to help.” You can find it here. Various organizations have gathered information to make navigating these new waters as smooth as possible, and we’ve included links to some of those resources as well. Please note that this is a compilation – we have not conducted in-depth research on each resource, nor are we necessarily partnered or affiliated with them. We will do our best to keep the document up-to-date, but please be patient with us and use it as a starting point, as things are moving very quickly.
Below is some quick information about how to get help – check out the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless – COVID-19 Resource Guide for our full compilation.
- Mutual aid resources by ward – Get help with groceries, scheduling appointments, translations, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.
- Ward 1: 202-681-9183 (Mt. Pleasant: 202-462-8692)
- Ward 2: 202-688-5812; email@example.com
- Ward 3: 202-556-1315; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ward 4: 202-681-3098 (Councilmember Todd’s office: 202-724-8052)
- Ward 5: 202-643-7030; email@example.com
- Ward 6: 202-683-9962; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ward 7: 202-630-0336 (Marshall Heights: Families: 202-688-5947; Seniors: 202-534-4880)
- Ward 8: 202-630-0336
- Food – DC Food Project has a running list of food programs. DC government meal sites has lists for students and seniors. People’s School DC has a map of free meals. Interagency Council on Homelessness has a list of meal and day programs. Mutual aid numbers above have food resources.
- Shelter – Call the DC government shelter hotline: 202-399-7093. If denied, call the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless: 202-328-5500.
- Internet access – Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days. Call 1-855-846-8376 to sign up. Spectrum is also offering free internet for 60 days to new customers with students in the household (K-12 and college). Call 1-844-488-8398 to sign up.
- Mental and emotional support – The Department of Behavioral Health Access HelpLine is still available 24/7: 1-888-793-4357. There are several AA meetings and resources available online. Join a group here. Healers for Liberation Network DC is providing free mental and emotional support until they are at capacity. Fill out this form to be matched based on your need.
- K-12 School: DC schools are closed until at least April 27. Updates and materials on the DCPS website. Call the hotline with any questions (7am-5:30pm): 202-442-5885.
- Other listings of resources
- DC Mutual Aid Spreadsheet – Check all of the tabs at the top of the page
- People’s School DC Resource Guide and Empower DC Resource Guide
- Children’s Law Center Resources and Legal Aid Society Non-Legal Resource Guide