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DC’s Bread for the City aims to lift people with chronic conditions up with ‘a prescription for cash’

Bread for the City has initiated the "Cash RX" program to provide extra financial support to residents suffering from chronic conditions, aiming to address economic inequality and health disparities in the District. Participants determine their cash amounts and decide how to spend it, with an average monthly ask of $1,100 to $1,400. Results show positive impacts, such as reduced stress about basic needs, including utilities, rent, and food. Recipients utilize the funds for various purposes, from medical expenses to cultural needs, demonstrating responsible spending. Funded by a health fund from a D.C. insurer settlement and donations, the program aims to expand and serve as a model for systemic change.

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Supporting Second Chances in the Nation’s Capital

Read Wayne's story - from incarceration to Bread for the City team member with support from Arnold Venture's BreakFree Education Fellowship.

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People in mental health crisis need care, not cuffs. The DOJ seems to agree.

If you’re having a heart attack, chances are you won’t be handcuffed and stuffed in the back of a police cruiser when someone calls for help. You’ll probably be cla-clanked into an ambulance on a gurney, where people in a health crisis belong. But when Chioma Oruh would call for help when her brother — who lived for 47 years with schizophrenia — was having a panic attack or an anxiety attack, the handcuffs and a D.C. police cruiser were what he got, she said. Every time.

“Relying on a less effective, potentially harmful response … may deprive people with mental health disabilities of an equal opportunity to benefit from a critical public service,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement Thursday.

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During Medicaid Redetermination, Local Service Providers Push for Smoother Application Process

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More than $1.1M raised in The Washington Post Helping Hand 2020-2023 campaign

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At Bread for the City, doctors prescribe fresh fruit and veggies | Post Helping Hand

At our medical clinic, we go beyond treating ailments—we care for the whole person.💚 Our care management team prescribing our medical patients with hypertension and diabetes fresh fruits and veggies! Thanks to @DCGreens' ProduceRx program, patients get monthly prepaid cards to purchase fresh produce at the grocery store!🍏🩺

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The paper chase: Helping applicants navigate the benefits process | Post Helping Hand

"Even those of us in the most stable situations can struggle with government paperwork. Now imagine you have a physical or mental disability and are homeless or precariously close to becoming homeless." That's where Bread for the City's Kate Baasch comes in, expertly navigating the social benefits system for people with disabilities, like Nathaniel Parker.

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The eyes have it at Bread for the City’s vision clinic | Post Helping Hand

Dr. Jessica Hahm, Bread for the City's optometrist, goes above and beyond to meet our clients right where they are!👁️ Many haven't had an eye exam, speak languages other than English, or find it challenging to squeeze in an appointment. Dr. Jessica's approach makes eye care accessible for everyone.

Bread for the City will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day