Our Services

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 &/or a photo ID. How can I get one?

Bread for the City does not provide photo IDs.  However, you can find information on next steps here.

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. However, there is a list of other agencies that offer this service available here:Furniture Resources (Oct 2016)

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. (Email Stacey Johnson to learn more.)

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. However, there is a list of other agencies that offer this service available here: Mailing Address Resources (Oct 2016)