1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can get a free security camera system. We—the DC Government—arrange and pay for the installation of a security camera system at your home. There is no cost to you. You may be eligible if you receive certain types of public assistance.

 

This program is called the Private Security Camera Voucher Program and is offered through the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You live in DC.

  • The security camera system will be installed at your home in DC.

  • You receive assistance from any of these DC programs:

    • General Assistance for Children

    • Emergency Shelter Family Services

    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    • Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility

    • Interim Disability Assistance

If you live in a property owned by the District of Columbia Housing Authority, you are not eligible. If you’re not eligible for the voucher, we also offer free home safety adaptations, including security cameras, for older adults and people with disabilities and a rebate for a security camera system for homes, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions in DC. The rebate is open to renters and property owners in DC, regardless of income.

get help installing a home security camera?

DO YOU WANT TO

What happens after I apply?


  1. Within 5-15 business days of your application, we—the DC Government—will send you an email confirming if you are eligible.
  2. Within 45 business days of your application, we’ll work with a contractor to buy and install the camera(s) on the outside of your home.
  3. Once the camera is installed, we’ll register your camera system with the Metropolitan Police Department. This means that they may request recorded footage from you to assist with an investigation, but you are not required to provide footage. You’ll receive an automated confirmation email from the registration system.
If you’re not eligible for this program, we’ll let you know by email, including instructions to apply for a rebate instead.




Are there any additional requirements I should know about?


  • If you are a renter, you must provide proof that your landlord or property owner approves the installation of the camera.
  • Security cameras must be installed on the outside of your home or property.
  • Depending on the security camera system installed, you may need to pay a small monthly fee for cloud storage.




Who should I contact if I have questions?


First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants at (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Or, you can email the team at security.cameras@dc.gov using the subject line “Voucher Program.”




I still need help making my home safer. What should I do?


You can find information about other resources that might help on our home safety resources page.




Frequently Asked Questions


I’ve already bought and installed a camera on my property. What should I do? If you’ve already bought and installed a camera on your property, apply for a rebate instead of a voucher. I already received a camera through the voucher program. Can I apply again? You can’t apply at the same property twice. However, if you’ve moved to a different property in DC that hasn’t received a camera through the program, you can apply again there. How can I submit my application if I don’t have a computer? There are several locations throughout the city that provide access to computers where you could submit your application online. You can also text the word “FIND” to 83224 or call (202) CONNECT or (202) 266-6328. You can also apply by calling (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Does the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have access to the footage from the cameras? Once the camera is installed, we—the DC Government—will register your camera system with the Metropolitan Police Department. MPD will not have access to live video from the camera. They can request access to recorded footage, but you are not required to provide the footage. You’ll receive an automated confirmation email from the registration system. I live in a condo building. Who should submit the application? If you live in a condo building, we encourage you to ask your condo board to submit the application.




Do all eligible applicants get help installing a camera system?


No, funding for this program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year, all eligible applicants to the program received a free home security camera system.





4. Gather more information.

What happens after I apply?


  1. Within 5-15 business days of your application, we—the DC Government—will send you an email confirming if you are eligible.
  2. Within 45 business days of your application, we’ll work with a contractor to buy and install the camera(s) on the outside of your home.
  3. Once the camera is installed, we’ll register your camera system with the Metropolitan Police Department. This means that they may request recorded footage from you to assist with an investigation, but you are not required to provide footage. You’ll receive an automated confirmation email from the registration system.
If you’re not eligible for this program, we’ll let you know by email, including instructions to apply for a rebate instead.




Are there any additional requirements I should know about?


  • If you are a renter, you must provide proof that your landlord or property owner approves the installation of the camera.
  • Security cameras must be installed on the outside of your home or property.
  • Depending on the security camera system installed, you may need to pay a small monthly fee for cloud storage.




Who should I contact if I have questions?


First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants at (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Or, you can email the team at security.cameras@dc.gov using the subject line “Voucher Program.”




I still need help making my home safer. What should I do?


You can find information about other resources that might help on our home safety resources page.




Frequently Asked Questions


I’ve already bought and installed a camera on my property. What should I do? If you’ve already bought and installed a camera on your property, apply for a rebate instead of a voucher. I already received a camera through the voucher program. Can I apply again? You can’t apply at the same property twice. However, if you’ve moved to a different property in DC that hasn’t received a camera through the program, you can apply again there. How can I submit my application if I don’t have a computer? There are several locations throughout the city that provide access to computers where you could submit your application online. You can also text the word “FIND” to 83224 or call (202) CONNECT or (202) 266-6328. You can also apply by calling (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Does the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have access to the footage from the cameras? Once the camera is installed, we—the DC Government—will register your camera system with the Metropolitan Police Department. MPD will not have access to live video from the camera. They can request access to recorded footage, but you are not required to provide the footage. You’ll receive an automated confirmation email from the registration system. I live in a condo building. Who should submit the application? If you live in a condo building, we encourage you to ask your condo board to submit the application.




Do all eligible applicants get help installing a camera system?


No, funding for this program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year, all eligible applicants to the program received a free home security camera system.





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This page was last updated March 2021.