COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER

October 9, 2020

DC Mayor Bowser Situational Update October 7, 2020 EXTENDS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY TO DECEMBER 31

The Mayor has extended the public health emergency through the end of the year.  This us important because it means that the safeguards implemented by the DC Council to ensure things like no evictions, no rent increases, and no utility cut offs will continue!  

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October 8, 2020

MULTITUDE OF SIGN-ONS TO OUR FOIA PETITION TO REPEAL DC COUNCIL’S SUSPENSION OF DC GOVERNMENT FOIA RESPONSES!

We are hopeful our Petition will be acted on by the DC Council at its November legislative meeting.  We have contacted Chairman Mendelson’s office to put it on the Agenda!  Please call your Councilmember today to advocate for this initiative!  We need to know what is going on with DC government during the public health […]

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October 6, 2020

DC Mayor Bowser Situational Update October 5, 2020

Mayor Bower announces DC Public Schools in-person learning starting November 9, 2020.  See attached for details.  Questions remain about safety precautions and viability.

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September 21, 2020

UPDATE ON FOIA PETITION TO REPEAL DC COUNCIL’S SUSPENSION OF DC GOVERNMENT FOIA RESPONSES!

We now have more than 80 signatories!  Keep sharing with your networks so we can get to 100!

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September 15, 2020

SIGN THIS PETITION TO REPEAL DC COUNCIL’S SUSPENSION OF DC GOVERNMENT FOIA RESPONSES!

DC Council arbitrarily suspended requirements for DC gov’t to respond to FOIA requests during the public health emergency. Please sign this petition to tell DC Council to reinstate FOIA requirements! https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/give-dc-residents-full-access-to-information-about-dc-government-operations-now-2?source=direct_link&

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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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September 9, 2020

Important Info About Recertifying Your DC Benefits!

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August 10, 2020

Recertifications for SNAP will be required again starting in September! Make sure to recertify by dropping off a recertification application or recertifying on the DC ACCESS Mobile App. NOTE: The DHS online portal is also now accepting recertifications!

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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 24, 2020

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency Through October 9, 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 12, 2020

Mayor Bowser COVID-19 Situational Update (June 10, 2020)

New Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing Sites at DC Fire Stations.

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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 30, 2020

Helpful Infographic on Lifting of DC Stay-At-Home Order on May 29, 2020: What Does It Mean for You? (English, Spanish, and Amharic)

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May 30, 2020

Mayor Bowser Lifts DC Stay-At-Home Order (May 29, 2020)

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May 27, 2020

DC Mayor Situational Update May 27, 2020

Mayor Bowser announced today that the DC Stay-at-Home Order will be lifted on Friday, May 29, 2020. The Public Health Emergency is still in effect, and residents are asked to stay vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Certain shops and restaurants will be permitted to open with restrictions.

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May 27, 2020

DC Mayor Situational Update May 26, 2020

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May 26, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Q&A Infographic on Consumer Protections (as of May 19, 2020)

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May 26, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Q&A Infographic on Court Operations (as of May 22, 2020)

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May 26, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Q&A Infographic on Utilities (as of May 19, 2020)

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May 26, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Q&A Infographic on Housing (as of May 19, 2020)

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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 15, 2020

Get all our COVID-19 Q&As in 3 Languages (English, Spanish and Amharic) and one Zip File

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May 14, 2020

Mayor Bowser Extends Stay At Home Order Through June 8, 2020

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May 8, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance Food Access and Shopping COVID-19 Q&As Update May 8, 2020

Starting on Wednesday, May 13, you can order food from Amazon and pay for it with your SNAP benefits. Go to: http://amazon.com/snap-ebt to add your SNAP EBT card to Amazon and start shopping. SNAP benefits can only be used for food and not shipping costs. Free shipping on Amazon Prime orders; Amazon orders over $25; and Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh […]

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May 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Courts and Administrative Hearings Q&As

Find out how the public health emergency has impacted proceedings in DC Superior Court and the Office of Administrative Hearings.

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May 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Housing and Utilities Q&As

Find out what protections you have to keep your housing and utilities during this public health emergency.

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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 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Health, Education and Testing Q&As

Find out about where you can get tested for COVID-19 and what you need to bring.

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May 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Financial and Public Assistance Q&As

Find out about financial stimulus payments and public assistance benefits during the public health emergency.

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May 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Food Access and Shopping Q&As

Find out where to get food and what shops and businesses are open during the public health emergency.

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May 6, 2020

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Worker Protections Q&As

Find out about your rights to unemployment insurance, sick leave, and family medical leave 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 May 4, 2020 COVID-19 Situational Update

Provides Information on COVID-19 testing, symptoms, and infection rates.

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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 28, 2020

Mayor Bowser’s April 27, 2020 Situational Update

Mayor Bowser Announces her ReOPen DC Co-Chairs and Advisory Group.

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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 25, 2020

DCPS COVID-19 FAQs

If you have school-aged children, this provides good information on what you can expect from the DC public school system during the public health emergency.

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April 25, 2020

Mayor Bowser’s April 24, 2020 Situational Update

Provides detailed information on the DC economic outlook for 2020 and 2021.

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April 25, 2020

Mayor Bowser’s April 23, 2020 Situational Update

Provides Information on testing and looking ahead to a phased re-opening of the city.

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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

DC KinCare Alliance COVID-19 Q&As for DC Residents (Updated April 20, 2020)

Update provides more information on Stimulus Payments, the date for the end of the DCPS school year, and clarifies that re-certifications are extended for Caregiver Subsidies.

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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 20, 2020

Mayor Bowser’s April 20, 2020 Situational Update

Provides updates on Public Safety and Department of Corrections.

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April 20, 2020

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

The purpose of this document is to assist District renters in understanding their rights and
available resources during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“Emergency”) declared by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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April 18, 2020

Mayor Bower’s April 17, 2020 Situational Update

Among other updates, this one states that learning at home will continue for the rest of the school year. DCPS will close on May 29, 2020, and Charter schools will close on or about May 29, 2020.

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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 16, 2020

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency, Stay at Home Order, and Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Through May 15, 2020

The Mayor extended the emergencies and issued new health and safety requirements in an effort to protect vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new order clarifies that face masks are required for: hotel workers, guests, and visitors; individuals using taxis, ride shares, private transportation providers; workers and customers of food sellers; and strongly encouraged for workers and individuals using public transit.

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April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Q&As for DC Residents (Updated April 15, 2020)

Check out up-to-the-minute updates for DC residents.

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April 15, 2020

DC Department of Human Services Updates and Frequently Asked Questions about Public Benefits during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency as of April 13, 2020

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April 15, 2020

Mayor’s April 15, 2020 COVID-19 Situational Update

Read the Mayor’s update.

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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 14, 2020

COVID-19 Q&As for DC Residents (as of April 13, 2020)

Find out what protections and services are available to DC residents during the public health emergency.

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April 13, 2020

DC Mayor Issues April 13, 2020 COVID-19 Situational Update

This update provides helpful information about new food access sites at DC Public Schools, as well a delivery options for homebound residents.

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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 9, 2020

DHS Provides Updates and FAQs on Public Benefits During Public Health Emergency

Read the FAQs here.

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April 8, 2020

Mayor Bowser’s COVID-19 Situational Update April 8, 2020

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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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April 7, 2020

DC Department of Human Services Issues FAQs Regarding Public Benefits During Public Health Emergency

Read the DHS FAQs here.

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April 7, 2020

DC Superior Court Operations Severely Limited During Public Health Emergency

Read the DC Superior Court Notices of Clerk’s Offices Operations

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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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