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Free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture banks in Washington DC.

Several social service organizations provide free clothes, furniture, back to school supplies and similar goods to low income families in Washington DC. While some people may qualify for free items including clothes, appliances, bedroom sets or back to school supplies or vouchers, others will need to purchase items. As there are also low cost clothing, furniture, and other goods from a thrift closet. Much of what is offered will depend on your income level as well as your specific need.

Most of the non-profits and charities have limited resources. They rely heavily on contributions and donations from businesses and individuals in the community. Some of what can be provided includes clothing for work or school. Diapers, baby supplies, and free winter coats may be distributed. Thrift stores may sell or provide furniture, household goods, or appliances or free furniture banks in the District of Columbia may pass them out. You will need to call a local Washington DC thrift store or clothing closet to learn more on what they offer. Sometimes they may even have emergency cash on hand that can be used for rent or energy bills.

Bread for the City
1640 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Call (202) 561-8587
The non-profit runs a clothing program. It can provide free new or gently used clothing to all residents of the District of Columbia. May have interview clothing or work items, such as suits or dress shirts. There are also meals for students as well as free school supplies, backpacks, and uniforms.

Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center
Address is 713 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20002
Main telephone - (202) 546-1018
Assistance is offered for parents, including education for pregnancy, birth and beyond through counseling, parenting classes and childbirth classes. The center can organize shelter, free baby clothes, diapers, and maternity items.




Center City Community Corporation
128 M Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone number is (202) 789-0446
Clothing, food, and furniture may be offered. Partners with the non-profit Central Union Mission's emergency furniture program. Ward 2 North residents may also look into emergency rental and/or utility bill assistance. Some mortgage help may also be offered.

Central Union Mission
Address - 1350 R Street, NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone: (202) 745-7118
Accepts donations, and distributes clothing for men, women, and children. Winter coats, shoes, and more is offered to the needy.

Father McKenna Center
19 Eye Street, NW
Washington DC, 20001
Call the center at (202) 842-1112
Resources include a food pantry for low-income families who are residents of Ward 6 in the District of Columbia. The non-profit also has a day program for men experiencing homelessness (case management, breakfast and lunch, showers, laundry service, use of a phone and cell phone charging, mail services, computer access, and a clothing closet twice per month). There is also a hypothermia/transition program between November and March for 18 to 20 men who apply and are accepted into the program (shelter, showers, meals, and case management).





Martha's Table Clothing and Thrift Store
2114 14Th Street, NW
Washington DC 20009
Telephone number is Phone: (202) 328-6609
The location is a thrift store, so they sell clothing and items to the public. In addition, some vouchers for free linens, clothing, and household items may be distributed.

SOME or So Others Might Eat
71 O Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: (202) 797-8806

Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ
Address - 4704 13Th Street, NW
Washington DC United States
Phone: (202) 829-5511
The clothing closet may also have household goods for people in the community. Students can be given uniforms, books, backpacks, and basic back to school supplies.

Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
2216 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20036
Telephone - (703) 683- 2558
Thrift store sells kitchen items, tools, toys, and clothing.

Salvation Army has a few locations around the District of Columbia.
2300 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE, cal (202) 678-9770
1434 Harvard Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, telephone (202) 332-5000
1434 Harvard Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, call (202) 756-2600
A clothing closet and thrift store will collect donated winter coats and jackets, which are then distributed throughout the community to people who need help. Each year free school supplies, backpacks and similar goods are given to students from K-12. Other services provide qualified low income DC residents with assistance for paying their rent, food, and energy bills. Prescription medication and transportation vouchers may be offered too.

Also, the Salvation Army Washington Area Fuel Fund can help pay heating and gas bills during the winter. Other items from their clothing closets and low cost Family Stores include free school supplies, furniture, and free Christmas assistance from programs such as Angel Tree. More on Salvation Army in Washington DC.

Spanish Catholic Center
Main location is 1618 Monroe Street, NW
Washington DC 20010 United States
Call (202) 939-2400
Social services, clothing, and other aid is provided. A free furniture bank may have some household items too. Basic needs provided include emergency rental and utility bill assistance.

Saint Vincent de Paul Conferences
There are parishes in all the DC Wards. Programs include free clothing or furniture banks as well as food or emergency financial aid. There may be winter clothes, blankets for the homeless, boots, and household supplies for clients. SVDP may also have some free furniture such as beds, desks, computers, kitchen appliances or pots and pans and similar goods. Call 301-942-1110 for intake.







Suited for Change - Dress for Success program
Address - 1010 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 293-0351
The center provides professional clothing to people looking for or starting a job, in particular low-income women.


By Jon McNamara














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