PRESS RELEASE: DowntownDC BID Opens Warming Center For Individuals Experiencing Homelessness


December 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) is offering unsheltered residents a safe, warm space place to be during the cold weather months at the Downtown Day Services Center (The Center). The warming center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Center is located at 1313 New York Avenue, NW. Restrooms, water, and snacks will be provided during the site’s hours of operation.

To ensure proper social distancing, Center capacity is limited to 50 people daily and entry is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. District residents experiencing homelessness in need of assistance, warming items, and transportation to shelter during the cold weather months may call the Shelter Hotline (202-399-7093 or 311).

Additionally, The Center’s warming site will be open on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2020 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Christmas Day meal service will be provided to individuals experiencing homelessness outside The Center from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Christmas Day meals are being provided by the restaurant Medium Rare.

The warming site will be operational through Monday, March 31, 2021.

To learn more about The Downtown Day Services Center, click here.


About the DowntownDC Business Improvement District
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @downtowndcbid.