Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–754.13. Client responsibilities.

(a) Clients receiving services within the Continuum of Care shall:

(1) Seek appropriate permanent housing according to the Program Rules established by a provider pursuant to § 4-754.32, except when the client is residing in severe weather and low barrier shelter;

(2) Seek employment, education, or training when appropriate, except when the client is residing in severe weather and low barrier shelter;

(3) Refrain from the following behaviors while on a provider’s premises:

(A) The use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs;

(B) The use or possession of weapons;

(C) Assaulting or battering any individual, or threatening to do so; and

(D) Any other acts that endanger the health or safety of the client or any other individual on the premises;

(4) Ensure that children within the client’s family and physical custody are enrolled in school, where required by law;

(5) Ensure that the client’s minor children receive appropriate supervision while on the provider’s premises;

(6) Utilize child care services when necessary to enable the adult client to seek employment or housing or to attend school or training, unless the client meets any of the exemptions of § 4-205.19g, or section 5809.4(b)-(e) of Title 29 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, including any subsequent revisions.

(7) Respect the safety, personal rights, and private property of provider staff members and other clients;

(8) Maintain clean sleeping and living areas, including bathroom and cooking areas;

(9) Use communal areas appropriately, with attention to cleanliness and respect for the interests of other clients;

(10) Be responsible for one’s own personal property;

(11) Establish and contribute to a savings or escrow account, or other similar savings arrangement, if required by rules established by the Mayor pursuant to § 4-753.01(f) and included in the provider’s Program Rules approved pursuant to § 4-754.32(b); and

(12) Follow all Program Rules established by a provider pursuant to § 4-754.32.

(b) Clients residing in temporary shelter and transitional housing shall participate in the provider’s assessment and case management services.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 11, 52 DCR 8113; Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 5182(d), 60 DCR 12472; Feb. 28, 2018, D.C. Law 22-65, § 2(r), 65 DCR 331.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-754.32, § 4-754.34, and § 4-754.35.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-61 added (a)(11); redesignated former (a)(11) as (a)(12); and made related changes.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5182(d) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5182(d) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Section 5181 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle Q of Title V of the act may be cited as the “Homeless Services Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.