Who is Eligible for SNAP?
- Individuals (even if you are working), families, older adults/ seniors, persons experiencing homelessness, persons with a disability, many immigrants, including children 18 and under, and citizen children in mixed status families.
- Household size and income determine if you or someone you know are eligible to receive SNAP. Explore resources from DC Department of Human Services.
- You can use the DCHS SNAP calculator to see if you may qualify.
How to Apply
- DCHS can provide over the phone assistance. Call 202-640-1088 and leave a message with your name and contact number and we will respond in 1-2 business days.
- Applications can be completed online through the DC Benefits Portal or by downloading the “DC First” app through the Apple App Store or Google Play store. You can also download an application from the DC Department of Human Services, Economic Security Administration (ESA) website, or go to the nearest ESA Service Center to pick up an application.
- Gather the documents needed for your application – download a list of the documents needed to apply.
- Submit your application online, drop off your application to any open ESA Service Center, or email your application to email@example.com. You have the right to submit an incomplete application if you have completed and signed the first page.
Get in Touch with DHS
Locations of Services
Please use the contact information above to confirm if a service site is currently open.
- Congress Heights Service Center: 4049 South Capitol St. SW
- H Street Service Center: 645 H St. NE
- Taylor Street Service Center: 1207 Taylor St. NW
- Fort Davis Service Center: 3851 Alabama Ave. SE
D.C. Hunger Solutions, DC Department of Health, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, DC Public Schools, DC Department Human Services and DC Department of Aging and Community Living have come together to create a District of Columbia Federal Nutrition Programs Toolkit with a roadmap on how to navigate SNAP.