Courtesy of D.C. Department of Human Services
Courtesy of D.C. Department of Human Services

The D.C. Department of Human Services said it has reached a milestone in its “A Home for the Holidays” campaign, which aims to find permanent housing for 450 homeless families and individuals.

Just five weeks into the campaign, DHS has successfully transitioned 216 households out of homelessness and into permanent homes, nearing the halfway point of its target number.

Mr. Muhammad and his 3-year-old daughter, the 178th family to find housing through the campaign, recently moved into a two-bedroom apartment in the District and received bedroom furniture for his daughter from a District government employee.

“We’re thankful and happy,” said Muhammad, a domestic violence survivor who is currently enrolled in barber school. “This will be a good Christmas.”

The District is partnering with the Apartment and Office Building Association and asking city landlords to provide available and affordable units. They are also asking the local community for donations of new or gently used houseware and children’s toys to help families settle comfortably into their new homes.

The campaign concludes Jan. 15.

Landlords interested in learning more about partnering with the District should contact homefortheholidays@dc.gov. Community members may donate new and gently used houseware, clothing and toys at the Adams Place Day Center at 2210 Adams Place NE, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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