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Recertification & Mid-certification Public Benefits

District residents who received a notice to complete the recertification or mid-certification process for food and cash benefits are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

How To Recertify Public Benefits

You may complete the recertification and mid-certification process by downloading the District Direct mobile app or contacting the Call Center

  • District Direct Mobile App
    Visit the Google Play or Apple App stores to download District Direct to your mobile device. District Direct provides the ability to apply and recertify public benefits for food, cash, and medical assistance. To learn more about District Direct, click the image below to view a helpful video or visit the District Direct information page here.  
  • DC Benefits Portal
    Complete your recertification or mid-certification online through the DC Benefits Portal.
  • Call Center
    Contact the DHS Public Benefits Call Center at (202) 727-5355 from 7:30 am - 4:45 pm, Monday – Friday, to check the status of your public benefits and if you are unsure if you should complete the mid-certification or recertification process. 
  • Mail
    Return your completed and signed mid-certification or recertification form along with any verification documents through the mail: Department of Human Services | Economic Security Administration Case Record Management Unit P.O. Box 91560 Washington, DC 20090
  • DHS Service Center
    Visit a DHS Service Center to drop-off your forms and any verification documents.

District Direct Information Video

Click the image below to view the video.