Homeless Services: Peer Outreach at DC Public Library

Homeless Services: Peer Outreach at DC Public Library


The Peer Outreach Program at DC Public Library engages with library customers experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, mental illness and/or substance use disorders. DC Public Library has three Certified Peer Specialists on staff who have completed a comprehensive training program and internship and are Certified Peers with the DC Department of Behavioral Health. 

Peers meet customers at branches throughout the library system. They assist customers in obtaining critical documents such as birth certificates, government photo identification and social security cards. Peers work with customers to find shelter, housing, treatment programs, mental health services, food, clothing and much more. Peers function as role models by demonstrating their competency in personal recovery with the deft use of coping skills, and by serving as a consumer advocate who provides clients with information and support. Critical to the work of a peer is building rapport and trust with a customer so that the hard work of moving out of homelessness, and/or into recovery, can begin.

Here is how you can find a Peer Outreach Specialist

You can contact a peer specialist to schedule an appointment.

  • Renee at 202-486-4160
    Renee works out of the Benning Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Jerome 202-486-4801
    Jerome works out of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Ellery 202-487-9902
    Ellery works out of Woodridge Library on Tuesdays and Shaw on Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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