COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER

April 16, 2021

ALL DC Residents 16 And Older Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccinations on Monday April 19, 2021!

Find out about vaccine availability and how to register.

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April 14, 2021

Stronger Together by Assisting You (STAY) Program: New Rental and Utility Assistance Program

STAY is a new DC rent and utility relief program.  It is administered by the Department of Human Services and replaces the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP).  The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) remain active.  View the DC STAY  Eligibility Checklist below, or go online at: https://stay.dc.gov/

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April 1, 2021

Navigating DC Superior Court and Office of Administrative Hearings Operations During COVID-19

This presentation was compiled based on the best information available on DC Superior Court and the OAH operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Nothing should be considered legal advice or  relied on as definitive guidance. There is no guarantee the information is accurate or that an individual’s experience will be is presented here.

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March 30, 2021

American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 Provisions Relating To Third Round Of Stimulus Payments

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides for a third round of stimulus payments, as follows: $1,400 per eligible individual; $2,800 for married joint filers; and an additional $1,400 for each dependent (including older children in college and adult dependents).

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March 30, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Provisions Related To The Child Tax Credit

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 makes several temporary changes (for 2021 only) that expand the child tax credit, primarily for low-income taxpayers.

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March 25, 2021

DC DOES American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Flyer Explaining Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The American Rescue Plan extended four UI programs. Claimants receiving PUA or PEUC will not have to reapply to continue benefits. For the 2020 tax year, federal taxes are waived on UI benefits (up to $10,200 for individuals and $20,400 for married couples) for households with an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000.

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March 19, 2021

DC DHS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Informational Update

Find out about how ERAP works and what new benefits are available during the public health emergency.

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March 19, 2021

DHS TANF/SNAP/FRSP COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Operations Update

Key Takeaways: FRSP subsidies extended through June 2021; temporary SNAP benefit increase through Sept 2021; re-certifications for TANF/SNAP restarted March 2021; one-time 6 month extension for all TANF/SNAP customers; mid-certifications waived through June 2021; TANF/SNAP interviews waived; 3 ESA Service Centers open for application pick up and drop off only.

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March 19, 2021

DC Launches New Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Online Application Portal

Find out more about the online portal and local and federal rental assistance programs.

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March 17, 2021

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency Through May 20, 2021

All protections regarding evictions, utility cutoff, and debt collections continue through this extension.  The Order also provides for some modifications to Phase Two Reopening.

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March 15, 2021

Legal Aid Society of DC Stimulus Payment/Recovery Rebate Credit FAQs

Find out how to ensure you receive all your stimulus payments and/or recovery rebate credit.

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March 15, 2021

Legal Aid Society of DC List of Free Tax Preparation Help for DC Residents

Here is a list of programs that offer free tax prep help to DC households that make less than $57,000.

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March 2, 2021

DC Libraries Status on Reopening

DC libraries are open under DC Phase 2 for limited services.  These services include returning materials, picking up a hold, checking out books from their Grab-n-Go selection, getting a library card, and picking up a remote print job.

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February 19, 2021

DC Department of Human Services Update on Public Benefits Operations During Public Health Emergency, as of February 19, 2021

Key Takeaways: Re-Certifications for TANF/SNAP will restart in March 2021; one-time 6 month extension for all TANF/SNAP customers; mid-certifications waived through June 2021; TANF/SNAP interviews waived; 3 ESA Service Centers still open only for pick up and drop off of applications; emergency SNAP allotments through February 2021; temporary SNAP benefit increase through June 2021.

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February 2, 2021

Housing Counseling Services COVID Tenant Assistance Flyer

Read about the housing assistance programs and resources you may be eligible for.

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January 27, 2021

DC Public Schools Term 3 Begins Monday, February 1, 2021

All schools will offer a range of in-person learning options and services. including In Person Learning Classrooms with teachers, CARE Classrooms or tutoring with staff facilitators, and self-contained classrooms for special education students.

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January 26, 2021

RENTAL AND UTILITY ASSSISTANCE INFORMATION

Find out about rental and utility assistance programs and where to call for help accessing these programs.

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January 20, 2021

DC Office of the Tenant Advocate: COVID-19 State of Emergency Tenant Rights & Resources

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January 19, 2021

Legal Aid Society of DC FAQs: Debt Collection Protections During the COVID-19 Emergency

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January 19, 2021

Legal Counsel for the Elderly: Navigating DC Office of Administrative Hearings Without A Lawyer During COVID

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January 19, 2021

DC Office of Human Rights: COVID-19 Leave under the D.C. Family & Medical Leave Act of 1990 (DCFMLA)

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January 19, 2021

DC Department of Employment Services FAQs on Unemployment Insurance During COVID

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January 19, 2021

DC Department of Employment Services FAQs on Pandemic Unemployment

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January 12, 2021

Legal Aid Society of DC FAQs On The First Two Stimulus Payments

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January 11, 2021

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency Through March 17, 2021

This is a subsequent order that modifies the previous public health emergency end date of March 31, 2021 so that it conforms with DC Council Coronavirus Public Health Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2020.  The end date is now March 17, 2021.

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January 1, 2021

DC Department of Human Services: Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Updates

Key Takeaways: Increased income eligibility; Increased rental assistance cap  average rental amount of $10,205; You may now apply more than once until you reach the assistance cap, within a twelve (12) month period during a public health emergency; Residents are now able to self-certify if they are unable to provide supporting documents.

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December 18, 2020

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency Through March 31, 2021

This means COVID-19 protections, such as the eviction and utility shutoff moratoriums, will continue through March 31, 2021.

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December 4, 2020

Thank you Chairperson Mendelson and the DC Council for Repealing the COVID Suspension on DC Government FOIA Responses!

In response to our Petition, the DC Council unanimously voted in favor of the FOIA Tolling Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (Bill 23-1017), which will repeal the COVID-related suspension on response times for DC government FOIA requests starting January 16, 2021.

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November 27, 2020

DCPS CARE Classrooms serving students in grades PK-5th will open in phases during Term 2: November 18, December 2, December 9, and in January.

Number of classrooms and grades offered vary by school.  Go here for more information on locations: CARE Classrooms    

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November 12, 2020

Over 100 Sign-Ons to Our Petition to Repeal FOIA Suspension Deadlines!

We understand the Chair of the DC Council has introduced legislation to repeal the FOIA suspension at the December 1st DC Council Legislative Meeting.

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November 3, 2020

DC Public Schools Cancels Planned Start of In-Person Learning on November 9, 2020 (Term 2)

DCPS Chancellor Ferebee announces that the planned re-opening of in-person learning to students on November 9, 2020 is indefinitely postponed until at least 2021.  This results from an inability to come to agreement with the Washington Area Teachers Union.

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September 14, 2020

The DC Superior Court Has Opened 5 Satellite Locations for Unrepresented Litigants to Access WiFi and Computer Technology for Remote Hearings.

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July 24, 2020

Mayor Bowser Issues Order Requiring Everyone to Wear a Mask When They Leave Their Homes (July 24, 2020)

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July 1, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance and Children’s Law Center Work Together to Successfully Advocate for Amendment to DC Standby Guardianship Law During COVID-19

The Amendment allows parents or other legal caregivers of a child to designate a Standby Guardian to care for the child if the parent or other caregiver becomes too ill to do so because of a complications from a COVID-related illness. Click below for a copy of the DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Standby Guardianship packet.

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June 29, 2020

DC DHS Launches DC Access Mobile App to Apply for TANF, SNAP & Medicaid!

The App is free and available through Google Play and Apple App Store.

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June 22, 2020

DC Enters Phase 2 of Reopening During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Monday, June 22, 2020)

Gatherings of up to 50 people permitted; retail stores limited to 50% maximum capacity; restaurants indoor dining limited to 50% capacity with tables 6 feet apart; services at places of worship may not exceed the lesser of 50% of the capacity or 100 persons; playground are open; casual low to moderate sports permitted; outdoor swimming […]

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June 16, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Q&As Court Operations and Office of Administrative Hearings as of June 15, 2020 (English, Spanish and Amharic)

Litigants in DC Superior Court Domestic Relations cases should note that all in-person hearings and trials set through and including July 31, 2020 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled!

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June 7, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Q&As Utilities as of June 1, 2020 (English, Spanish, and Amharic)

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June 7, 2020

Updated COVID Q&As Housing as of June 1, 2020 (English, Spanish, and Amharic)

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May 19, 2020

SNAP Amazon Purchasing Infographic

Find out how to sign up to use your SNAP EBT card to purchase groceries through Amazon. Available in English (p. 1) and Spanish (p. 2).

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May 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Debt Collection, Credit Reports and Consumer Protections Q&As

Find out about what protections you have with respect to debt collectors, credit reporting agencies, and scams during the public health emergency.

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May 5, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Signs On to Memorandum to DC CFSA Director Donald Regarding Failures to Protect DC Relative Caregivers applying for Caregiver Subsidies during Public Health Emergency

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May 4, 2020

Mayor Bowser’s Presentation on Building a Healthier, More Equitable DC (April 30, 2020)

HOPE: Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, Equity

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April 25, 2020

DC DOES Unemployment Insurance FAQs During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Find out what is covered and what is not under new DC and federal laws.

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April 21, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Joins 140 Organizations Around the Country Calling for Extension of the Unjust Stimulus Payment Deadline for SS Beneficiaries with Dependent Children

The undersigned organizations, which are members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), write in response to the recently announced deadline pf April 22, 2020 for Social Security beneficiaries to file taxes or utilize the new web tool to claim economic impact payments for child dependents under the age of 17 or wait until 2021 to claim the payments.

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April 20, 2020

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at noon, join DC KinCare Alliance along with DC Jobs With Justice, Legal Aid, Bread for the City, DC Working Families, and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute for a Webinar discussing federal and local protections for DC residents during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Go here to register: http://tinyurl.com/y7csm5g3

Go to the What We Do/Presentations Section of this website for a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation, or view the Webinar Summary Graphics below.

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April 18, 2020

National Partnership for Women and Families Issues Know Your Rights: Emergency Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave for Child Care and Coronavirus (April 2020)

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April 14, 2020

Congressman Danny K. Davis Guide for Grandfamilies on COVID-19 Stimulus Payments (updated April 13, 2020)

Make sure you and your dependents will receive the full amount of federal stimulus payments. Contact the DC KinCare Alliance Legal Helpline at 202-505-5803 if you need assistance.

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April 10, 2020

Events DC Announces $18 Million Hospitality and Tourism Relief Package Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

$5 million of the Relief Package will go towards undocumented workers who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment or other benefits.

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April 9, 2020

US Children’s Bureau Issues Letter to Child Welfare Leaders in Light of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The letter explains that the Children’s Bureau cannot waive statutorily required judicial proceedings but “expects that courts and states will work together to determine how best to balance child-safety related statutory requirements against public-health mandates.”

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April 7, 2020

DC Council Approves COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020

Read a Summary of the of the Law here.

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April 7, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Joins 32 Other DC Legal Services and Advocacy Organizations in Writing the DC Council and Mayor Requesting Immediate Action to Assist DC’s Most Vulnerable Residents

The letter outlines some of the
most urgent concerns and recommends both legislative and administrative solutions.

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April 7, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Signs On to Letter to DC Department of Human Services Director Zeilinger

The letter asks for clarification of DHS’ plan to transfer families out of family shelters during the public health emergency.

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April 7, 2020

Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs DC Workers Know-Your-Rights Graphics

Find out about DC workers’ rights to unemployment compensation, family and medical leave, and paid sick leave during the COVID-19 crisis.

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April 7, 2020

DC Mayor Establishes Stay Home DC Coronavirus Website

Get up-to-date information on what DC is doing to assist its residents during this public health emergency.

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March 27, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Issues Recommendations to DC Mayor and Council to Protect Kinship Families During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Relative caregivers and the children they raise are at especially high risk during this public health emergency. Urgent action is needed by the Mayor and Council to protect these families.

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March 23, 2020

DC Council Passes COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (March 16, 2020)

We have put together a Summary of the new law as relevant to kinship families.

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