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Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reports of alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation of frail elderly and disabled adults and intervenes to protect vulnerable adults who are at risk.

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Information about APS report confidentiality and disclosure, as well as a list of local and national organiztions that provide information and assistance regarding adult abuse.

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Contact information for area clinics and centers that provide resources and counseling on family planning, contraception and parenting, as well as medical and social services.

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DHS offers assistance with funeral costs for low income residents.

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Case management and support services help teen parents return to school, arrange daycare, meet medical needs, plan for the future and work toward self-sufficiency.

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Assistance with child care fees is available and based on need, income and family size.

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Owe back rent? Facing Eviction? Emergency Rental Assistance may be able to help.

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Locate emergency and "low barrier" shelters that provide beds on a first come, first served basis, to any homeless person. 

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The Teen Parent Assessment program provides living arrangement evaluation, case management, support services and workshops to move teen parents toward self-sufficiency.

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Request an appointment to discuss emergency rental assistance (ERAP) at one of DHS vendor locations.

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The Family Services Administration provides protection, intervention and social services to meet the needs of vulnerable adults and families to help reduce risk and promote self-sufficiency.  

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The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is an initiative that supports the establishment, maintenance and expansion of programs and projects to prevent family violence.

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Find information about eligibility, how to apply, and how our Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) works.

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DHS provides emergency and ongoing housing support and services to help individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless, transition into or maintain permanent affordable housing.

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The Homeless Services Program oversees the provision of homeless services to individuals and families in the District of Columbia.

Hypothermia season is November 1 to March 31.

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The District is committed to protecting residents experiencing homelessness from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during hypothermia and hyperthermia seasons.

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The Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) program provides temporary financial assistance to those who are unable to work due to a disability and have a high probability of receiving federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

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The District of Columbia offers medical coverage to low income residents through Medicaid, the Health Care Alliance, DC Healthy Families programs and DC's healthcare marketplace.

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https://dhs.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dhs/service_content/attachments/Stop%20SNAP%20Fraud%20One%20Pager_Version%202.pdfDHS investigates allegations of suspected public assistance benefit fraud, related to SNAP,  TANF and Medicaid. We also investigate unusual incidents, such as employee misconduct, harassment, and assault, which compromise the integrity of DHS programs. Additionally, DHS receives and assesses suggestions for improvement, and coordinates the resolution of complaints related to DHS programs and services.