The Private Security Camera Voucher Program identifies DC residents that are eligible to receive a private security camera system free of charge. These residents are either an owner or tenant of a property that is used as a residence (the Applicant) and who is receiving public assistance under the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982, effective April 6, 1982 (D.C. Law 4-101; D.C. Official Code § 4-201.01 et seq.). Please review the following information and if you have additional questions, please contact the program at [email protected] or 202-727-5124. (Please visit the Private Security Camera Rebate Program website if you have already bought and installed cameras or are planning on doing so.)
An Applicant must live in the District of Columbia and provide proof of current receipt of public assistance pursuant to the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982, effective April 6, 1982 (D.C. Law 4-101; § 4-201.01 et seq.), under one of the following programs:
(1) General Assistance for Children;
(2) Emergency Shelter Family Services;
(3) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;
(4) Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility; or
(5) Interim Disability Assistance.
Applicants who are tenants must provide documentation from the property owner approving the installation of the security camera system on the property. Note: Residents who only receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are not eligible for this program.
Residents 60 years or older or who are on disability might be eligible to participate in the Safe at Home Private Security Camera Program administered by the Office of Aging. Please contact the Office of Aging directly at (202) 724-5626 for information about that program.
Applicants must be an owner or tenant of a residence located in the District of Columbia. Only one (1) security camera system per property address shall be eligible for this program. Residents of properties owned by the District of Columbia Housing Authority shall not be eligible for a voucher. By participating in this program, the Applicant acknowledges that he or she will not use the security camera for any unlawful or harassing purposes and will comply with all applicable building and electrical code requirements. Cameras must be installed on the exterior of the property.
To qualify for the security camera voucher program, applicants are required to submit responses to application questions and provide proof of current receipt of public assistance. Upon determining eligibility, a third-party entity will arrange a time with the applicant to install the camera. Once the cameras are installed, they will be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). MPD does not have access to live video from the camera system, however, MPD may request that the program participant provide access to recorded footage. Note: It may take up to 45 working days process your application and install the camera system provided your application is complete and approved.