In 2017, Legal Aid DC (along with Hogan Lovells and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice) sued the DC Department of Human Services over its untimely processing of SNAP applications and recertifications (including the failure to provide timely notice of recertification).
Legal Aid DC has now entered into a proposed settlement, the terms of which can be found at https://dhs.dc.gov/page/
You should read the notice if you –
Submitted an application or recertification application for SNAP benefits to the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) between June 1, 2016 and August 24, 2023 and did not receive a decision within 30 days, or,
Were due to recertify for SNAP benefits with DHS between June 1, 2016 and August 24, 2023, did not receive the proper notice from DHS to do so, and had your benefits terminated.
Legal Aid DC has asked for help making sure that potential class members in the community are aware of the potential settlement agreement, and know that they can object to it at a fairness hearing in January 2024. This is why AJE is sharing this information, we want to make sure that families are aware of their rights and know what is happening in litigation that might impact them. You can learn more at Legal Aid DC’s website, or you can call or email Legal Aid at the number or email address they have set up for this purpose — (202) 221-8222 or email@example.com.
Copies of the notice are also below in English, Amharic, and Spanish.
Please share this information as appropriate.