We are experiencing some of our country’s most difficult times
during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Many residents are
feeling the impact of being away from family and friends, economic
injury, and the devasting experience of losing someone close to us.
As my family and I endure this difficult time with you, know
that together we will get through this.
My staff and I, while working remotely, have continued working
tirelessly to serve each of you during this unprecedented pandemic.
I am communicating daily with the Mayor and District leaders and
have hosted conference calls with residents, workers, and small
business owners. We are paying special attention to our seniors and
residents with limited resources, ensuring access to food and
essential services are available.
I encourage all residents to join me, follow the guidance of our
health professionals, and flatten the curve.
During this time of social
distancing, Councilmember McDuffie and staff are teleworking to the
largest extent possible. However, they remain hard at work on
behalf of Ward 5 residents. You can still call (202) 724-8028 or email any staff.
Small Business and Worker Support
District residents may file for
unemployment compensation at dcnetworks.org.
The District's Small Business Microgrant program
application window closed on April 1.
The Council continues to work
while adhering to social distancing practices. Councilmember
McDuffie has been taking part in daily briefings from the executive
and actively looking for ways DC government can support residents
at this time.
On Tuesday, April 7, the Council will hold its regular Legislative
Meeting, for the first time in a virtual format. The stream will be
broadcast on the Council website and DC Channel 13 to allow residents to watch from
Today, the first day of distance
learning at the District’s public schools, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new DC Education
Equity Fund. The fund is a collaboration
between Education Forward DC, the DC Public Education Fund, and the
Greater Washington Community Foundation, and will assist with
providing resources and support to students, educators,
and schools during distance learning. The fund will be
used to increase access to internet access and purchase digital
Vote by Mail in the June Primary
In light of the spread of
COVID-19, the DC Board of Elections encourages ALL residents to
request an absentee (mail-in) ballot for the June Primary. Voters can request mail-in
ballots online HERE, via DCBOE's mobile app, by
calling the DCBOE at (202) 727-2525 or (202) 741-5283, faxing (202)
347-2648, mailing or dropping off in person a ballot request form to the DC Board of
Elections, 1015 Half Street SE, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20003.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, 20 vote centers will open
throughout the District beginning May 22, 2020, and will remain
open through June 2, 2020. Social distancing measures will be
enforced at all vote centers. All locations will open from 8:30 am
until 7 pm, including on Election Day. The usual 144 precincts
will NOT open on Election Day.
Census 2020 - Be Counted!
If everyone participates in the 2020 Census, we can
secure better public and private resources for our community.
Here’s how you can do your part to make sure we #GetCountedDC:
✔ Remind your friends and family
about the 2020 Census ✔ Visit the DC Census website: https://dccensus2020.dc.gov/ ✔ Like the @DC Census page for
accurate, up-to-date, and DC-specific information ✔ Fill out the Census on as early
The Internal Revenue Service has also extended the federal filing
and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.
The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) encourages taxpayers who are
able to file their returns electronically to do so. For additional
information, please contact OTR’s Customer Service Center at (202)