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Know Your Rights! 


Get help with your rent and utilities.  Apply online here:

More information here:


Talk with your Student Services Coordinator if you need help with the application.

Here are organizations that provide legal services in DC

If you need help from a lawyer, contact your Student Services Coordinator for a referral. 

  1. Evictions:  Landlords are prohibited from filing new eviction complaints and evicting any tenant during a public health emergency and for 60 days after the end of emergency. Starting October 12, landlords can file new eviction complaints for nonpayment of rent if the past due rent is equal to or more than $600 and any of the following applies  

    1. the tenant fails to submit emergency rental assistance application (STAY DC) 

    2. emergency rental assistance application was denied, or it was approved with a balance of equal or greater value than $600 remaining unpaid, and the tenant and housing provider have not established a rental plan within 14 days of denial.

    3. A tenant with a rent payment plan is at least $600 or two months behind on rent, whichever is greater.

    4. The landlord has provided a Notice to Vacate to the tenant that complies with the law 

  2. Utilities: Starting October 12, a utility company shall not disconnect, suspend, or reduce service for non-payment of a bill any fees for service or equipment or any other charges if the following applies: 

    1. The company has not engaged the customer regarding past due utilities 

    2. The customer owes less than $600 

    3. The customer has entered into a payment plan with the company and is either meeting the payment plan or is less than two months behind on the payment plan 

    4. Prior to October 12, the customer has requested to enter a payment plan with the company and less than 45 days have elapsed from the request 

    5. The mayor or the customer has provided documentary evidence that the customer qualifies for utility disconnection relief and not more than 90 days has passed since October 12 (STAY DC application pending approval or under appeal, within the last 6 months has received or was approved for a benefit under the LIHEAP, UDP, CAP, or Stay DC, SNAP, TANF or is 21 or older and receiving Medicaid or DC Healthcare Alliance) 

  3. Public Benefits: If your benefits (TANF, SNAP, DC Alliance, Medicaid, and childcare vouchers) are going to expire, you do NOT need to visit a service center to renew them. Your benefits will be renewed automatically while DC is in a state of emergency.

    Do you need to apply for benefits (TANF, SNAP, DC Alliance, Medicaid, and childcare vouchers)?
    Drop off your completed application at a DHS Service Center. Take a photo of all your application pages and a photo of you dropping the application off.  Here’s an application: 
    Need help?  Contact your student services coordinator at your Briya site.

  4. Unemployment: If you work in DC and you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to the coronavirus, you can apply for unemployment compensation. You must have a social security number to apply. To apply, call 202-724-7000 or go to The website does not work on a phone, only a computer. It is best to use Internet Explorer to open the website.  If you do not have a computer, call the phone number to apply. Problems with unemployment benefits application?  Call Legal Aid  202-628-1161 or First Shift 240-241-0897 for help.

  5. DC Family Medical Leave: If you work in DC and you need to stay home from work for a reason related to the coronavirus, your employer must allow you to stay home. Your employer is not required to pay you, but they cannot fire you. Go to to apply.

  6. Homelessness services:  DC Coalition for the homeless- provides addresses for shelters Programs | DC Coalition for the Homeless (
    DHS Homeless and Homeless Prevention Services- Homeless Services | dhs ( gives you lists of resources and requirements for each resources including the following: 


Short Term Family Housing through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC)  

Address:  920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington DC  

Hours:  Monday—Thursday from 8:30 am - 4 pm and Friday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. 

 If you are a family with children under 18 and need emergency shelter, please call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093. The Shelter Hotline is available 24 hours a day. 



  • Birth Certificates for each family member 

  • Proof of Income 

  • Proof that you live in DC  

Homeless and Homeless Prevention 

  • Emergency Rental Assistance 

  • Housing Resources 

  • Homeless Diversion Services 

  • Emergency Family Housing 

  • Community-Based Resources 

Public Benefits 

  • TANF 

  • Food Stamps 

  • Medicaid 

  • Childcare Subsidy for families working on their TANF goals. 

  1. Regardless of your immigration status, it is very important to contact a doctor if you have symptoms of coronavirus. Immigrants who get treatment for coronavirus will NOT have it counted against them as part of the public charge rule. 

  2. U.S. Government Payment (CARES Act): You need a social security number. Information about your payment and confirm how you want to receive the money (direct deposit or paper check): “Get My Payment” 
    More information: IRS website.

  3. If you cannot pay rent and are worried about eviction, you may qualify for emergency rental assistance.  More information here or call your Student Services Coordinator for help.

El Consejo de DC  ha establecido reglas para ayudar a las personas que viven en DC durante el coronavirus. Éstos incluyen:

  1. Desalojos: Su arrendador no puede desalojarle ni cobrarle multas por pago atrasado. Esto dura mientras DC está en estado de emergencia.

  2. Utilidades: No se puede desconectar la electricidad, el agua y el gas ni cobrarle multas por pago atrasado. Esto dura mientras DC está en estado de emergencia y durante 15 días después.

  3. Beneficios públicos: ¿Sus beneficios (TANF, SNAP, DC Alliance, Medicaid y cupones de cuidado infantil) expirarán  en marzo o abril? Si es así, NO necesita visitar un centro de servicio para renovar los beneficios. Sus beneficios se renovarán automáticamente.

  4. Desempleo: Si trabaja en DC y perdió su trabajo o le redujeron sus horas debido al coronavirus, puede solicitar una compensación por desempleo. Debido al coronavirus, hay menos requisitos de los que generalmente hay para el desempleo. Debe tener un número de seguro social para aplicar. 
    Para aplicar, llame al 202-724-7000 o vaya a El sitio web no funciona en un teléfono celular, solo en una computadora. Es mejor usar Internet Explorer para abrir el sitio web. Si no tiene una computadora, llame al número de teléfono para aplicar.

  5. Licencia médica familiar de DC: Si trabaja en DC y necesita quedarse en casa por razones relacionadas con el coronavirus, su empleador debe permitirle quedarse en casa. Su empleador no está obligado a pagarle, pero no puede despedirlo. Vaya a para solicitar este permiso.

  6. Servicios para personas sin hogar: DC no está haciendo el ingreso en persona para el sistema de refugio familiar para personas sin hogar durante este tiempo. En cambio, puede hacer una entrada para personas sin hogar llamando al 202-399-7093. Hay menos requisitos de documentación para colocarse en un refugio de lo habitual porque DC se encuentra en estado de emergencia.

  7. No importa su estado migratorio, es muy importante contactar a un médico si tiene síntomas de coronavirus. Los inmigrantes que reciben tratamiento para el coronavirus NO lo contarán como parte de la regla de carga pública. 

የዲሲ ምክር ቤት ህጎችን አውጥቷል ሊረዳ በዲሲ ውስጥ የሚኖሩ ሰዎችን:: እነዚህ የሚከተሉትን ያካትታሉ:

  1. ከቤት ማስወጣት የለም- ባለንብረቱ እርስዎን ማስወጣት ወይም ዘግይቶ የቤት ኪራይ ክፍያ ቅጣት ሊያስከፍልዎት አይችልም። ዲሲ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ ሁኔታ ላይ ስላለ.

  2.  ምንኛውንም መገልገያዎች አይዘጋም- የእርስዎ መገልገያዎች (ኤሌክትሪክ ፣ ውሃ እና ጋዝ) ሊጠፋ አይችልም ፡፡ ለመገልገያዎች ዘግይተው ቢከፍሉ የቅጣት ክፍያ ሊያደረጉ አይችሉም። ዲሲ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ ሁኔታ (በአደጋ ጊዜ) ውስጥ ላይ ስላለ እና ለ 15 ቀናት በኋላም የሚቆይበት ጊዜ ይሆናል፡፡
    የቤት ኪራይ ለመክፈል አስቸጋሪ ነው? በዚህ አስቸጋሪ ወቅት የቤት ባለንብረቶች ከቤት ማስወጣት ወይም ቁልፍ መለወጥ አይችሉም። ለባለንብረቱ ደብዳቤ ይላኩ። ምሳሌ በእንግሊዝኛ እና በስፓኒሽ የሕግ ባለሙያ በነፃ ያነጋግሩ ፡፡ 202-851-3388

  3. ጥቅማጥቅሞች (TANF ፣ SNAP ፣ DCAlliance ፣ Medicaid እና የሕፃናት መንከባከቢያ ቫውቸር) የሚያበቃ ከሆነ እነሱን ለማደስ የአገልግሎት ማእከልን መጎብኘት አያስፈልግዎትም ፡፡ ዲሲ በድንገተኛ አደጋ ሁኔታ ውስጥ  ሰለሚገኝ ጥቅሞቹ በራሱ ይታደሳሉ።
    ለእርዳታ (TANF ፣ SNAP ፣ ዲሲ አሊያንስ ፣ ሜዲኬድ እና ለህፃናት እንክብካቤ ቫውቸር) ማመልከት ያስፈልግዎታል?የተጠናቀቀውን ማመልከቻዎን በ DHS አገልግሎት ማእከል ውስጥ ማስገባት ፡፡ ሁሉንም ማመልከቻ  ገጾችዎን ፎቶ አንሱ እና ፍርሙን እርሶ ሲያስገቡም ፎቶ ማንሳት አስፈላጊ ነው። ማመልከቻ እዚህ አለ-  ስለ ዲሲ ጥቅማጥቅሞች እርዳታ ያስፈልጋል? የ Briya(ብሪያ) በየትምህርት ቤቱ ጣቢያ ላይ የተማሪዎች አገልግሎት አስተባባሪ ያነጋግሩ.

  4. በዲሲ ውስጥ የሚሰሩ ከሆነ እና ሥራዎን ካጡ ወይም የስራ ሰዓቶችዎ የተቀነሰ ከሆነ በኮሮናቫይረስ ምክንያት ከሆነ ለሥራ አጥነት ክፍያ ማመልከት ይችላሉ ፡፡ በኮሮናቫይረስ ምክንያት ከሆነ ፣ ከሌላው ጌዜ ከተለመደው ያነሰ መስፈርቶች አሉ። ለማመልከት የሶሻል ሴኩሪቲ ቁጥር ሊኖርዎ ይገባል ፡፡ ለማመልከት ፣ በ 202-724-7000 ይደውሉ ወይም ወደ
    ይሂዱ። ድህረገፅን ኮምፒተር ብቻ ላይ ነው የሚስራው በስልክ ላይ አይሰራም ፡፡ ድህረገፅን ለመክፈት ኢንተርኔት ኤክስፕሎረርን መጠቀም ጥሩ ነው። ኮምፒተር ከሌለዎት ለማመልከት በስልክ ቁጥር ይደውሉ ፡፡.

  5. የዲሲ የቤተሰብ ሕክምና ዕረፍትን:- በዲሲ ውስጥ የሚሰሩ ከሆነ እና ከኮሮቫቫይረስ ጋር በተዛመደ ምክንያት ከቤትዎ እንዲቆዩ ከፈለጉ አሠሪዎ ቤት እንዲቆዩ ሊፈቅድልዎት ይገባል ፡፡ አሠሪህ እንዲከፍልህ አይገደድም ፣ ግን ከስራ ሊያባርሮት አይችሉም ፡፡ ለማመልከት ይሂዱ.

  6. የቤት አልባ አገልግሎቶች:- ዲሲ በዚህ ጊዜ በቤተሰብ ውስጥ ቤት ለሌላቸው መጠለያዎች በአካል በግለሰብ ደረጃ እየወሰደ አይደለም። በምትኩ ፣ በ 202-399-7093 በመደወል ቤት አልባነትን ማመልከት ይችላሉ እራሶ መሄድ አያስፈልገውም ፡፡ ዲሲ በአስቸኳይ ሁኔታ ውስጥ ስለሆነ ከወትሮው መጠለያ ውስጥ ለመደጎም አነስተኛ የሰነድ መስፈርቶች አሉ ፡፡

  7. የኢሚግሬሽን ሁኔታዎ ምንም ይሁን ምን የኮሮናቫይረስ ምልክቶች ካለብዎ ሐኪም ማነጋገር በጣም አስፈላጊ ነው ፡፡ ለኮሮቫቫይረስ ሕክምና የሚያገኙ ስደተኞች እንደ የህዝብ ክስ ደንብ አካል ተደርገው ተቆጥረዋል ማለት አይደለም ፡፡ 

  8. የአሜሪካ መንግስት ክፍያ (የእንክብካቤ ተግባር)-የሶሻል ሴኩሪቲ ቁጥር ያስፈልግዎታል ፡፡ ስለ ክፍያዎ መረጃ እና ገንዘብዎን እንዴት ማግኘት እንደሚፈልጉ (ቀጥታ ተቀማጭ ገንዘብ ወይም የወረቀት ቼክ) “ክፍያዬን ያግኙ” Get My Payment ተጨማሪ መረጃ: - IRS ድርጣቢያ። IRS website

Le conseil de DC a établi des règles pour aider les personnes vivant à DC pendant le coronavirus. Ceux-ci inclus:

  1. Aucune expulsion: votre propriétaire ne peut pas vous expulser ni vous facturer des frais de location tardifs. Cela dure tant que DC est en état d'urgence.

  2. Aucun utilitaire arrêté: vos utilitaires (électricité, eau et gaz) ne peuvent pas être éteints. Vous ne pouvez pas être facturé de frais de retard pour les services publics. Cela dure pendant que DC est en état d'urgence et pendant 15 jours après.

    Difficile de payer le loyer? Les propriétaires ne peuvent pas expulser ou changer de serrure pendant cette crise. Envoyez une lettre à votre propriétaire. Exemple en anglais et en espagnol Parlez à un avocat gratuitement. 202-851-3388

  3. Si vos bénéfices publiques (TANF, SNAP, DC Alliance, Medicaid et bons de garde d'enfants) vont expirer, vous n'avez PAS besoin de visiter un centre de service pour les renouveler. Vos avantages seront renouvelés automatiquement pendant que DC est en état d'urgence.
    Devez-vous faire une demande de prestations (TANF, SNAP, DC Alliance, Medicaid et bons de garde d'enfants)?Déposez votre demande remplie dans un centre de service DHS. Prenez une photo de toutes vos pages d'application et une photo de vous déposant l'application. Voici une application: Besoin d'aide? Contactez votre coordinateur des services aux étudiants sur votre site Briya.

  4. Si vous travaillez à Washington DC et que vous avez perdu votre emploi ou que vos heures ont été réduites en raison du coronavirus, vous pouvez demander une indemnité de chômage. En raison du coronavirus, il y a moins d'exigences que d'habitude. Vous devez avoir un numéro de sécurité sociale pour postuler. Pour postuler, appelez le 202-724-7000 ou rendez-vous sur Le site Web ne fonctionne pas sur un téléphone, seulement sur un ordinateur. Il est préférable d'utiliser Internet Explorer pour ouvrir le site Web. Si vous n'avez pas d'ordinateur, appelez le numéro de téléphone pour postuler.

  5. Congé familial pour raison médicale à DC: Si vous travaillez à Washington et que vous devez rester à la maison pour une raison liée au coronavirus, votre employeur doit vous autoriser à rester à la maison. Votre employeur n'est pas tenu de vous payer, mais il ne peut pas vous licencier. Accédez à pour postuler.

  6. Services d'aide aux sans-abri: DC ne fait pas d'accueil en personne pour le système de refuges pour sans-abri familial pendant cette période. Au lieu de cela, vous pouvez faire un apport pour les sans-abri en appelant le 202-399-7093. Il y a moins d'exigences de documentation à placer dans un refuge que d'habitude parce que DC est en état d'urgence.

  7. Peu importe votre statut d’immigrant, il est très important de contacter un médecin si vous présentez des symptômes de coronavirus. Les immigrants qui reçoivent un traitement pour le coronavirus ne seront PAS pénalisés en vertu de la règle de la charge publique. 

  8. Vous avez peut-être entendu dire que le gouvernement américain donne de l'argent aux famille pendant cette crise.  Selon la loi, vous devez avoir un numéro de sécurité sociale pour recevoir cet argent du gouvernement. Il y a des informations en anglais ici : Get My Payment, IRS website

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