Code of the District of Columbia

Part C. Provider Standards.


§ 4–754.21. Common standards for all providers.

Providers shall:

(1) Ensure staff members are appropriately trained, qualified, and supervised;

(2) Maintain safe, clean, and sanitary facilities that meet all applicable District health, sanitation, fire, building, and zoning codes;

(3) Assist clients to prepare for living in permanent housing, as deemed appropriate by the provider and the client;

(4) Collaborate and coordinate with other service providers to meet the client’s needs, as deemed appropriate by the provider and the client;

(5) Receive and utilize client input and feedback for the purpose of evaluating and improving the provider’s services;

(6) Establish procedures for the provider’s internal complaint procedures;

(7) Provide clients with copies of printed information describing the range of services within the Continuum of Care;

(8) In accordance with § 4-753.02(c) and as openings occur, inform all clients of services for which they may be eligible;

(9) Deliver or provide access to culturally competent services and language assistance for clients with limited English proficiency;

(10) Provide services free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, language, culture, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, and source of income, and in accordance with Unit A of Chapter 14 of Title 2, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, approved July 26, 1990 (104 Stat. 328; 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, approved August 7, 1998 (112 Stat. 1095; 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq.), and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, approved July 2, 1964 (78 Stat. 243; 42 U.S.C. § 2000a et seq.);

(11) Provide reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless the provider demonstrates that making the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the services;

(12) Ensure confidential treatment of the personal, social, legal, financial, and medical records and information related to a client or any member of a client’s family, whether obtained from the client or from any other source, consistent with the confidentiality requirements of District and federal law;

(13) Establish Program Rules in accordance with § 4-754.32;

(14) Provide notice of its Program Rules in accordance with § 4-754.33;

(15) Collect, record, and annually report to the Mayor all complaints, including requests for fair hearings or administrative reviews, made against or related to the provider during the year;

(16) Establish procedures to revise practices and policies as may be necessary to ensure that clients may access services free from discrimination on the basis of disability;

(17) Publicly display information regarding the ability to seek redress under Unit A of Chapter 14 of Title 2 [§ 2-1401.01 et seq.]; and

(18) Develop a system for reporting bullying and harassment in accordance with subchapter II-C of Chapter 15 of Title 2 [§ 2-1535.01 et seq.].


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 12, 52 DCR 8113; June 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-177, § 7(c), 55 DCR 3696; May 3, 2014, D.C. Law 20-100, § 2(g), 61 DCR 1873.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-754.22, § 4-754.23, § 4-754.24, § 4-754.25, § 4-754.41, and § 4-754.52.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-177, in par. (10), substituted “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” for “sexual orientation”.

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-100 added (17) and (18) and made related changes.


§ 4–754.21a. Training standards for all providers.

All service provider employees, including intake workers, shall be trained in trauma-informed care, civil rights and other legal compliance, conflict resolution, and cultural competence, including, with regard to the LGBTQ population, the following:

(1) Vocabulary and best practices for data collection, privacy, storage, and use;

(2) Current social science research and common risk factors for LGBTQ youth;

(3) Information about the coming out process and its impact on LGBTQ youth;

(4) Best practices for supporting LGBTQ youth in shelter, housing, and supportive services;

(5) Suicide awareness and prevention; and

(6) Legal requirements for providers for homeless youth.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 12a; as added May 3, 2014, D.C. Law 20-100, § 2(h), 61 DCR 1873; Feb. 28, 2018, D.C. Law 22-65, § 2(s), 65 DCR 331.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-756.02.

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-100 added this section.


§ 4–754.22. Additional standards for providers of severe weather shelter.

In addition to the standards in § 4-754.21, providers of severe weather shelter shall provide:

(1) When severe weather conditions continue overnight, a clean bed with clean linens, pad, and blanket for each bed;

(2) Basic needs, such as food and clothing and other supportive services, or information about where to obtain such basic needs and supportive services;

(3) 24-hour, properly functioning toilet facilities;

(4) Cool water, available via water cooler, fountain, or other means; and

(5) Properly functioning heating and cooling systems during the appropriate seasons.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 13, 52 DCR 8113.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-754.23, § 4-754.24, and § 4-754.25.


§ 4–754.23. Additional standards for providers of low barrier shelter.

In addition to the requirements in §§ 4-754.21 and 4-754.22, providers of low barrier shelter shall provide:

(1) Case management services with an appropriately trained, qualified, and supervised case manager, which shall include the development of a service plan;

(2) Hot shower facilities; and

(3) Personal hygiene supplies.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 14, 52 DCR 8113.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-754.24 and § 4-754.25.


§ 4–754.24. Additional standards for providers of temporary shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing programs.

In addition to the requirements in §§ 4-754.21, 4-754.22, and 4-754.23, providers of temporary shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing programs shall provide:

(1) Assessment by an appropriately trained, qualified, and supervised case manager in order to identify each client’s service needs;

(2) Direct provision of, or referral to, appropriate supportive services to enable the client to fulfill the goals and requirements in the client’s service plan;

(3) Mail and phone services, or procedures for handling mail and phone messages, that enable the client to receive mail and messages without identifying the client as residing in temporary shelter, transitional housing, or permanent housing program facility when all of the units are in one location;

(4) Private, secure space for the temporary storage of personal belongings;

(5) Access to laundry facilities in the immediate vicinity of the temporary shelter, transitional housing, or permanent housing program facility when all of the units are in one location;

(6) Reasonable access to phones during reasonable hours and during emergencies;

(7) The opportunity to establish a voluntary savings or escrow account; and

(8) In temporary shelters, transitional housing, and permanent housing programs for families, access to immediate indoor or outdoor areas equipped with basic facilities for exercise and play for use by minor children.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 15, 52 DCR 8113; Feb. 28, 2018, D.C. Law 22-65, § 2(t), 65 DCR 331.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-754.25.


§ 4–754.25. Additional standards for providers of transitional housing.

In addition to the requirements of §§ 4-754.21, 4-754.22, 4-754.23, and 4-754.24, all providers of transitional housing shall provide:

(1) Follow-up supportive services, for a minimum of 6 months, for clients who have transferred to permanent housing from their program, unless the client is receiving such supportive services from another provider;

(2) An apartment-style or group home housing accommodation; and

(3) Access to private space and personal time.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 16, 52 DCR 8113.)


§ 4–754.25a. Additional standards for providers of shelter, transitional housing, or permanent housing programs for LGBTQ homeless youth.

Providers of shelter, transitional housing, or permanent housing programs for LGBTQ homeless youth shall implement research-based family acceptance interventions that are designed to educate families on the impact of rejection towards their LGBTQ children and negative outcomes for LGBTQ youth associated with rejection, including depression, suicidal behavior, drug use, and unprotected sex. Family acceptance interventions may include individual and family sessions, assessment tools, and resources for families that promote acceptance by parents and positive well-being and development of LGBTQ youth.


(Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 16a; as added May 3, 2014, D.C. Law 20-100, § 2(i), 61 DCR 1873; Feb. 28, 2018, D.C. Law 22-65, § 2(u), 65 DCR 331.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-100 added this section.