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Evictions: D.C. recently passed a law abot how evictions can restart. See a complete timeline for evictions restarting here. New eviction cases for non-payment of rent cannot start until October 12, 2021. Landlords cannot evict tenants without going through the court process.


Rent assistance:

The STAY DC program is no longer accepting applications. Tenants may still be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) if you are seeking rental assistance, first month rent and security deposit. To view ERAP eligibility requirements and apply for ERAP click the following link:


Foreclosures: New  foreclosure cases for homes lived in by their owners can restart February 4, 2022 unless the law or health emergency is changed or extended.




Shelter: People in need of emergency shelter can call the Shelter Hotline at (202)399-7093, or 311.

You can find more detailed information about changes to the law that impact homeowners and tenants during COVID-19 below.




The COVID-19 pandemic means more people are spending more time at home. Residents who have concerns about unhealthy conditions in their homes can visit the below website to find videos and resources about steps they can take during the pandemic to address health issues like rodents, pests, asthma triggers and their rights as tenants.

Eviction (for Tenants)

  • Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network Hotline (a joint project of Bread for the City, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and Rising for Justice) (202-780-2575) (website)

Eviction/Landlord & Tenant (Tenants & Small Landlords)

  • Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network Hotline (202-780-2575) (website)
  • Catholic Charities Legal Network (202-350-4305) (website)
  • Christian Legal Aid of D.C. (202-710-0592) (website)

Housing Conditions Concerns

  • Children’s Law Center (202-467-4900) (website)
  • Christian Legal Aid of D.C. (202-710-0592) (website)
  • Landlord Tenant Resource Center (D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center) Temporary Phone Line (202-780-2575) (website)
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly (60+ only) (202-434-2120) (website)
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program (202-832-6577 (website)
  • Rising for Justice (202-638-4798) (website)


  • Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (202-628-1161) (website)
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly (60+ only) (202-434-2120) (website)
  • DC Foreclosure Prevention Hotline (access to free housing counseling & referrals to lawyers, including free legal services organizations) (202-265-2255)  

Shelter and Homeless Services

  • Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (202-328-5500) (website)
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