The District’s Department of Human Services (DHS), the agency responsible for overseeing D.C.’s shelter and social welfare systems, is currently soliciting back-to-school donations for homeless youth, through August 16. Donors can deposit supplies like book bags, pencils, and notebooks at DHS’s NoMa headquarters (64 New York Avenue NE) and various DHS service centers across the city. School uniforms may be donated as well, but note they vary by school.
Over 6,500 people, including 1,593 children in families, were recorded as homeless in early 2019 during D.C.’s annual homeless census. But under different federal homeless standards that account for youth living “doubled up” with extended family and friends, roughly 6,000 children enrolled in D.C.’s public schools were counted as homeless midway through 2018. According to city data, the number of homeless families has dropped 45 percent since 2016.
♥️ Help DC youth residing in shelter prepare for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.— DC Human Services (@DCHumanServ) July 23, 2019
Donate school supplies at any @DCHumanServ Service Center or at DHS headquarters
️ Accepting donations thru Friday, 8/16.
View list of needed items here: https://t.co/WURUGpQaDS pic.twitter.com/kenEfzAaH7
Join OSSE employees in collecting backpacks & school supplies for DC youth residing in shelters. #BookBagAndSwagDrive2019 #BackToSchool2019 #DCBacktoSchool— OSSE (@OSSEDC) August 6, 2019
Donate school supplies at any @DCHumanServ Service Center or at DHS headquarters. pic.twitter.com/U2jLbMO4RI
The 2019-2020 school year for D.C. Public Schools starts August 26, with Pre-K beginning August 29. A map of DHS service centers where donations can be dropped off follows below.