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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is hurting all of us in shocking and unprecedented ways. How we deal with this crisis now is an urgent matter of life and death and financial survival for many. The impacts of the crisis also will dominate DC budget and policy decisions long after the pandemic is over.

Read more about Ed’s vision for what DC needs to do to protect DC families as we recover from this crisis.

For Those Seeking Help

The most up-to-date and comprehensive source of information about DC-wide resources is

  • For those who need help with groceries or food, please see DC’s map of all food distribution sites, or contact the Capital Area Food Bank
  • For help navigating the services available to you, call the mutual aid hotline in your ward: Ward 1: 202-681-9183 • Ward 2: 202-688-5812 • Ward 4: 202-681-3098 • Ward 5: 202-643-7030 • Ward 6: 202-683-9962 • Wards 7 & 8: 202-630-0336
  • If you have lost your job or need to apply for unemployment, please see these unemployment resources from DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman, and learn more about your employment rights from DC Jobs with Justice
  • If you worked for cash or are an immigrant denied federal help, please get in touch with Sanctuary DMV for information on the help available to you
  • Information for those seeking domestic violence assistance is available here
  • If you are a small business or landlord and are looking for information on the financial resources available to you, please consult DC’s website for business recovery

For Those Able to Offer Help

The Policy and Budget Steps We Need to Keep DC Residents and Businesses Healthy and Economically Secure

The inequities that were evident in DC before are growing even wider in the COVID-19 crisis. The health, financial, and educational impacts of the crisis are falling hardest on people of color, low-income communities, immigrants and other marginalized populations. 

How we deal with this crisis now is an urgent matter of life and death and financial survival for many. Making smart and bold decisions to protect public health and the financial well-being of residents and businesses is not only the right thing to do now, but it also is critical to recovering from the pandemic as quickly and fully as possible. These decisions must be made with equity in mind — with a focus on those hurt the most because they are part of a vulnerable or marginalized community — so that we don’t let the crisis widen DC’s already tragic racial and economic inequities. 

DC Could Be Doing More on COVID-19

Mayor Bowser and the DC Council have taken swift, decisive, and necessary action to pass emergency legislation to help residents and small businesses in DC. However, as we look ahead to the far-reaching consequences of this emergency, I believe we will need to do more.

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