COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER

October 7, 2021

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Emergency Until January 7, 2022

Mayor Bowser extends Public Emergency to “continue to respond expeditiously and safely to COVID-19 and its ongoing impacts.”

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October 5, 2021

DC Council Expands Eligibility Requirements for DCPS Virtual Learning Options

The Council measure will allow up to an additional 200 DCPS elementary and 150 DCPS middle school students under the age of 12 to switch to virtual learning.  Students are eligible if doctor recommends they stay at home or live with a relative at high risk.

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October 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 judicial 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 the same as presented here.

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September 29, 2021

DC Eviction Moratorium Is Ending In Steps

See the attached chart that provides the dates for the stepped approach to end of the moratorium.

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September 29, 2021

DC Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Expanded

The DC Council passed legislation that significantly expands the DC Paid Family and Medical Leave programs. These changes go into effect on October 1, 2021 – and could benefit you and your family!

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September 18, 2021

Make Sure You Receive The Child Tax Credit

Find out how you can get up to $3,600 for every child 5 and under, plus up to $3,000 for every child aged 6-17!

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September 11, 2021

DC Superior Court Chief Judge Extends Judicial Emergency Through December 31, 2021

Court operations continue to be limited at least through December 31, 2021.  Remote hearings in most cases continue although in-person filings are permitted.

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September 4, 2021

Today Marks The End of DC Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

DC has had three special unemployment programs that expire September 4, 2021: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

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August 4, 2021

DC KinCare Alliance Signs On To Letter To Make Child Tax Credit Expansions Permanent

The letter asks President Biden and Members of Congress to secure our children’s futures by making the Child Tax Credit expansions permanent and fully inclusive.

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July 31, 2021

Mayor Bowser Reinstitutes Indoor Mask Requirements

To reduce the spread of COVID, the Mayor has reinstituted mask mandates for public indoor settings.

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July 25, 2021

Mayor Bowser Ends Public Health Emergency But Extends Public Emergency

This permits DC to continue to, among other things, request and access federal disaster relief, and issue guidance to maintain safe operations.

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July 14, 2021

DC Council passes the “Protecting Consumers from Unjust Debt Collection Practices Emergency Amendment Act”

The Act marks the first major revision of the debt collection laws first passed in 1971 and will meaningfully expand consumer protections as the COVID-19 public health emergency measures expire.

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July 13, 2021

DC Council Provides for Phase-Out Of Eviction and Utility Shut-Off Moratorium

The DC Council approved a bill that would phase-in evictions and utility shut-offs, with new filings permitted to commence on October 12, 2021. Provision for exceptions for later phase-ins if assistance was requested by the tenant/consumer.

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July 12, 2021

DC Mayor Bowser Announces Full Return of DC Government Employees and Expanded Government Services

DC Government is expanding in-person services that were either paused or only available by appointment, over the phone, or online. Some online processes and programs that were created during the pandemic will stay in place even with the return of in-person options.  See attached for examples of those expanded government services.  

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July 9, 2021

Three ESA Service Centers Reopening for In-Person Business!

On July 12, 2021, the Anacostia, Congress Heights and H Street Services Centers will reopen to the public!  You can still apply online.

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July 2, 2021

DC Courts Clerks’ Offices and Public Counters Will Reopen for In-Person Filings on July 12, 2021

All clerks’ offices and public counters for the Court of Appeals and Superior Court will open for in-person filings on July 12, 2021.

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June 15, 2021

DC Office of Tenant Advocate: Protecting Yourself From High Summer Utility Costs

This provides some guidance on how to reduce summer utility costs as well as the protections still in effect related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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June 10, 2021

DC Guidance to Landlords and Utility Providers on the STAY DC Program

This provides helpful guidance for landlords and utility providers on how to access the STAY DC program.

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June 10, 2021

Guidance from STAY DC Program Regarding What Documents You Need to Provide to Obtain Rental and Utility Assistance

Please note that you can also provide self attestation if do not have the required documents.  Make sure to ask about this option.

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June 2, 2021

New DC Library Services and Hours

See what libraries are open and what you can do at the library!  Expanded services are now available.

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June 2, 2021

DC Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) for the Remainder of School Year 2020-2021

New, temporary federal food benefits started in May 2020 for families whose children receive free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at their school or preschool.  P-EBT benefits are intended to cover breakfast, lunch, and a snack.

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May 28, 2021

DC Has Established Financial Navigators to Help You Recover From Financial Hardship From COVID

When you speak with a “Financial Navigator”, you will be talking to a live person who will provide you guidance over the phone to help you manage financial issues, identify immediate action steps and make referrals to available programs all at no cost to you!

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May 27, 2021

Mayor Bowser Issues FY 2022 DC Budget

Mayor Bowser’s FY 2022 Budget will shape whether DC has a fair and equitable COVID-19 recovery.

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May 17, 2021

DC Mayor’s Order Extending Public Health Emergency But Lifting Many Capacity and Mask Restrictions (Effective May 21, 2021)

The Order extends the public health emergency indefinitely (although the DC Council has permitted her to extend until July 25, 2021).  Most capacity limits on businesses and gatherings are lifted as of May 21, 2021, and large entertainment venues as of June 11, 2021.  In general, fully-vaccinated persons do not have to wear masks.

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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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