Youth Homeless Services / Youth HOPE Program

Organization: DC Department of Human Services (DHS)

Youth Homeless Services (YHS) leads the City’s response to youth homelessness via direct grants to community organizations that provide services (housing, street outreach, youth drop-in centers, etc.) to youth experiencing homelessness and our Youth HOPE (housing options and prevention education) program. YHS also coordinates street outreach teams and collaborates with partners to ensure youth are assessed for, and linked to appropriate services.

Services provided to youth eligible for Youth HOPE include:
Prevention services (i.e. family counseling and mediation)
Workshops on mental health and supportive services
Short term crisis intervention and counseling
Short term case management
Service Category: Housing Help Find Housing
Service Eligibility: Homeless Youth (6-12)
Application: Homeless TAY should call the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Hotline at (202) 547-7777 or visit To be eligible for Youth HOPE, you must be: District of Columbia Transition Age Youth (TAY), 24 years old or younger, homeless, living in doubled-up circumstances, in transitional housing, in shelter, or at risk of homelessness