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Testimony to DC Council on Public Health Insurance

Testimony to DC Council on Public Health Insurance by Rachel Metz, Research and Data Manager, DC Action for Children Because of the impact of historic and current racism, poverty is racialized in DC. According to the most recent Census estimates, the average income for DC’s white households is almost four times that of Black households and three times that of...

Testimony to DC Council on SNAP

Testimony to DC Council about SNAP | Rachel Metz Even before the pandemic, SNAP filled a major need in DC, particularly for children. In fiscal year 2019, 94,000 District residents participated in SNAP, which is about 13 percent of the District’s population.28 Of those 94,000 participants, 37,000 - just over one-third - were children under age 18 (with about one-third...

Significant Birth to Three Funding Passes in the DC Council

The Council of the District of Columbia passed a nearly $16 million investment as a partial yet key down payment on the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act of 2018. The Council’s commitment will fund measures to ensure healthier birth outcomes and supports for the District’s youngest residents to grow and thrive. Collective advocacy to hold the Council accountable to the...