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Community Resources

Connecting you to helpful resources related to COVID, food, housing, worker rights, small businesses, and more from DC government and the community.

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Community Resources 

Find ways to address neighborhood issues and build community.

Here are some local resources that may be helpful:

Food Insecurity and Mental Health

Many DC residents struggle with food insecurity and their mental health.

Here are some additional resources for you and your family:

  • Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
  • Food Resource Map for free meals and free groceries across DC
  • Food Assistance Programs for students, seniors, pregnant women, and mothers with young children
  • Slow Food DC helps grow, educate, and provide healthy and fair food
  • Ward 4 Mutual Aid is helping provide food, water, and supplies to neighbors across Ward 4.
  • Department of Behavior Health Community Response Team to support adults who are experiencing emotional, psychiatric or substance use vulnerabilities: 202-673-6495
  • DC’s Mental Health 24-hour hotline staffed by behavioral health professionals: 1-888-793-4357
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available to anyone in distress: 988

Housing and Utilities

DC has a wide range of housing resources available for residents.

Here are some key places to seek housing assistance:

Worker Rights and Unemployment

Valuable resources for unemployment benefits and worker rights in the District:

Legal Assistance

A number of organizations provide free or low-cost legal advice and representation to DC residents.

  • Pro Bono Center Legal Helpline: Contact the DC Bar Pro Bono Helpline at 202-626-3499 anytime for an automated system in Amharic, English, French, or Spanish to find information on legal resources in DC
  • Legal Aid Society: Free legal advice for low-income DC residents with little or no income on housing, family law, domestic violence, public benefits, debt, and consumer issues.
  • Bread for the City: No cost legal advice and representation for low-income DC residents on housing issues, family law, immigration, and public benefits.
  • Worker Rights: Contact the Washington Lawyers Committee Workers’ Rights Clinic at 202-319-1000 ext. 118 (or 202-319-1000 ext. 123 for Spanish) to schedule a telephonic intake appointment.
  • Debt and Consumer Issues: Tzedek DC can support you with debt and other consumer issues like fraud, scams, and predatory loans. Contact them online or by calling 202-274-7386 
  • Landlord-Tenant Legal Assistance Network: Free legal support for tenants and unrepresented small housing providers on residential housing disputes in DC
  • Landlord-Tenant Court: Information and resources for in-person hearings at Landlord-Tenant Court.
  • Immigration: Some of the DC-based organizations providing immigration legal services include Ayuda, Catholic Charities, CARECEN-DC, CAIR Coalition, DC Affordable Law Firm, and DC Bar Pro Bono Center.
  • Seniors: DC seniors can call the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly Legal Hotline at 202-434-2120 in English or Spanish for advice, assistance or referrals
  • Unhoused Residents: the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless offers legal assistance to unhoused DC residents or residents at risk of losing their home. Call them at 202-328-5500 or email them at
  • Children: Children’s Law Center provides legal services on civil matters to children, low-income parents, and caregivers.  Call them at 202-467-4900 or fill out their online form
  • DC Attorney General: Find out more about your consumer rights, tenant rights, and worker rights — or file a complaint with the Office of the DC Attorney General

Small Businesses

Resources, information, and programs to help our incredible local businesses:

DC Department of Motor Vehicles 

Useful information on accessing DMV services during the pandemic:

Office of Unified Communications

The Office of Unified Communications (OUC) manages both 311 and 911 calls in the District:

  • 311 Requests: You can make a direct request for DC government non-emergency services by visiting the 311 website, calling 311, texting 32311, or downloading the DC311 app for iPhone or Android.
  • 911 Emergencies: calling or texting 911 helps you connect to police, fire, and emergency services. Learn about the different ways to connect to 911.

DC Office of Tax and Revenue

  • is the Office of Tax and Revenue’s (OTR) online tax system. The system houses individual income, business, and real property taxes and fees administered by OTR.
  • Online property tax portal to research whether properties in your neighborhood are being assessed by DCRA and taxed by OTR as vacant or blighted 
  • Free Tax Preparation Assistance for DC residents. Assistance is available from 8:15 am to 5:30 pm on Monday through Friday with no appointment needed.
  • Points of Contact and Useful Information in the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, including how to sign up for, responding to a verification letter, and following up on a missing return

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