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Apply & Recertify for Benefits

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You can submit an application for any of the following programs using a single application for benefits:

All applications must be signed and dated and submitted to DHS to begin processing. Verification documents or changes may be submitted using any of the methods below.

How Do I Apply?

You may submit an initial application (all programs) or complete a recertification/renewal (all programs), or submit a SNAP mid-certification in one of three ways:

  1. Online
    Use the District Direct website. You can see if you qualify and apply for, renew benefits without visiting a Service Center and waiting in line.

  2. Mobile Phone
    Use the District Direct Mobile Application You can see if you qualify and apply for benefits without visiting a Service Center and waiting in line. The app is available for iPhone (IOS) on Apple App Store or for Android Devices at the Google Play store.

  3. Paper Applications (Mail, In-Person, or Fax)
    Download the paper application below:

Integrated Application for Public Assistance Benefits (used to apply for Medical Assistance, SNAP, TANF, and Cash Assistance)
EnglishSpanishAmharic  – FrenchSimplified Chinese

Burial Assistance Application
EnglishSpanishAmharic

Retroactive Medicaid Coverage
EnglishSpanish

How Do I Recertify/Renew, or complete a SNAP Mid-Certification?

  1. Paper Applications (Mail, In-Person, or Fax)
    Download the appropriate paper application or form from the list below:

SNAP, TANF, and Cash Assistance Streamlined Recertification Form
English – Spanish – Amharic

SNAP Mid-certification
EnglishSpanishAmharic

Alliance and Immigrant Children’s Program Renewal – 1209
EnglishSpanishAmharic  – FrenchSimplified Chinese

2. Online

If you receive SNAP, you can complete the streamlined recertification form and the SNAP Mid-Certification form online using the District Direct website.
If you only receive TANF/Cash Assistance and not SNAP, you cannot complete the recertification online.

How do I Mail, Fax, or Drop-Off a paper application?

You can mail the application to:
Department of Human Services | Economic Security Administration
Case Record Management Unit
P.O. Box 91560

Washington, DC 20090

Fax the Application to (202) 671-4400

Locate the Service Center closest to you to drop off or pick up an application/form.

All applications must be signed and dated and submitted to DHS to begin processing. Verification documents or changes may be submitted using the online public benefits application.


Residents with questions about their public benefits provided by DHS should contact the DHS Public Benefits Call Center at (202) 727-5355 from 7:30 am - 4:45 pm, Monday - Friday.