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Resources: Debt and Consumer

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As wages have fallen and bills have mounted for many DC residents, you may have questions about a consumer debt issue during or in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Below are information and resources regarding debt collection, credit card/credit reports, car payments, COVID-19 stimulus payments, utility bills, student loans, financial hardships, and COVID-19 scams. As of September 23, 2021, new debt lawsuits can be filed in DC and debts can be collected from bank accounts and wage garnishments.


If you believe a business has taken advantage of you or other D.C. residents, you can make a Consumer Protection Complaint online here or call (202)442-9829.


Free financial navigators are available to help you make financial plans and refer callers to assistance programs they may qualify for.


Debt Collection


Consumer Law (security deposits, home improvement/contractor disputes, auto repair disputes, scams/unfair trade practices)

  • Catholic Charities Legal Network (202-350-4305) (website)
  • Consumer Law Resource Center (D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center) Temporary Phone Line (202-780-2574) (website)
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly (60+ only) (202-434-2120) (website)
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program (202-832-6577) (website)
  • Tzedek DC (202-274-7386) (website)


Small Claims

  • Small Claims Resource Center (a project of Neighborhood Legal Services Program) (202-832-6577) (website)
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