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Bags of free groceries for BFC clients.

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Client receiving a grocery bag at BFC's NW Center food pantry.

Allison Miles-Lee

Attorney Allison Miles-Lee fights to preserve DC's safety net.

Bread for the City in Lawsuit Against DHS

Because of widespread problems with the D.C. Department of Human Services’ administration of food stamps for D.C. residents living with low-incomes, Bread for the City has brought a lawsuit against the agency.

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Families saved from welfare “cliff” as City Council budget keeps TANF

Bread for the City applauds the DC City Council and the Mayor for making this humane, positive decision that supports the families of DC.

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Language Access Improvements at DC Department of Human Services

Bread for the City’s limited and non-English speaking clients have struggled for years to get access to important government services at the DC Department of Human Services (DHS). These services include medical insurance for themselves and their children, food stamps, and temporary cash assistance for families with children.

DC already has a law that requires DHS and other DC government agencies to provide interpretation and, in many cases, written translation for customers who do not speak English. But time and time again, our clients have reported that DHS employees refuse to provide interpretation, rely on children to interpret for parents, or simply fail to send important notices about their benefits in their language.

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Se avecinan mejoras al acceso lingüístico en el Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Distrito de Columbia

Los clientes de Bread for the City (Pan para la Ciudad) sin un dominio o limitado del inglés llevan años batallando para acceder a servicios de gobierno importantes en el Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Distrito de Columbia (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés). Estos servicios incluyen seguro médico para ellos y para sus hijos, cupones para alimentos, y asistencia temporal en efectivo para las familias con hijos.

La ciudad cuenta ya con una ley que exige que el DHS y otras dependencias del Gobierno del Distrito de Columbia proporcionen servicios de interpretación y, en muchos casos, traducción escrita para los clientes que no hablan inglés. Pero, una y otra vez, nuestros clientes se han quejado de que los empleados del DHS se niegan a proporcionarles los servicios de interpretación —dependiendo de que los niños interpreten para los padres—, o de que sencillamente no envían los avisos importantes sobre las prestaciones en su idioma.

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Language Access: More work to be done!

The DC Language Access Act of 2004 was groundbreaking legislation that was intended to ensure the rights of DC’s diverse community to access government services. This law already requires DC government agencies to provide interpretation–in all languages–for limited and non-English proficient (LEP/NEP) individuals that seek to access services, and in some cases government agencies must provide written translations as well.

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Guest Blog: TANF is a Lifeline for DC’s Most Vulnerable Kids. Let’s Protect DC’s Children and Help Their Parents Succeed!

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program ensures that children have their most basic needs met despite the economic hardships their parents face. However, under current law, DC will cut 13,000 children from all cash assistance this October, simply because their families have reached the TANF time limit.

This harsh rule ignores the reality that cutting off families before they are ready will push thousands deeper into poverty. This is why Bread for the City supports the DC Public Assistance Amendment Act of 2015, which will create exemptions and extensions for families who need more time to continue on the path to self-sufficiency. This series of guest blogs will share various perspectives on the need for a more flexible time limit. More information can be found atTANFisalifeline.org.

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Guest Blog: Cutting TANF Would Hurt Domestic Violence Survivors

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program ensures that children have their most basic needs met despite the economic hardships their parents face. However, under current law, DC will cut 13,000 children from all cash assistance this October, simply because their families have reached the TANF time limit.

This harsh rule ignores the reality that cutting off families before they are ready will push thousands deeper into poverty. This is why Bread for the City supports the DC Public Assistance Amendment Act of 2015, which will create exemptions and extensions for families who need more time to continue on the path to self-sufficiency. This series of guest blogs will share various perspectives on the need for a more flexible time limit. More information can be found atTANFisalifeline.org.

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Navigating DC’s Department of Human Services: My Experience as a Refugee

Last Thursday, the DC Council held an oversight hearing for the Department of Human Services (DHS), which provides low-income District residents with public benefits such as TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid/Alliance health insurance.

These hearings are an opportunity for community members to raise concerns about DC agencies. Below is an excerpt of written testimony from a Bread for the City client…