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The Peer Outreach Program at DC Public Library engages with library customers experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Meet with a DC Public Library Certified Peer Specialist if you need:

  • Help with an ID and other critical documents
  • Assistance with finding medical care
  • Ideas for housing or locating employment
  • Help with returning to the community after time in jail or prison
  • Support while experiencing homelessness

Peers have been where you are and training and certification through the DC Department of Behavioral Health. Peers meet customers at branches throughout the library system. Peers work with customers to find shelter, housing, treatment programs, mental health services, food, clothing and much more.

Peers are role models who demonstrate competency in personal recovery, and by serving as a consumer advocate who provides clients with information and support. Peers build rapport and trust with a customer so that the hard work of moving out of homelessness, and/or into recovery, can begin.

Learn More About the Peer Navigator Program


Contact a Peer Navigator

You can contact a peer specialist to find out where you can meet or to schedule an appointment.

Renee: 202-486-4160

Ellery: 202-487-9902

Jerome: 202-486-4801

This service is supported in part by the 

Institute of Museum and Library Services
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