The Community Support Services Program helps clients overcome and prevent common problems such as unemployment, lack of access to health care, tax debts, and workplace abuse. CARECEN facilitates access to vital services such as low-cost health care clinics, job training programs, free tax preparation and a wide range of other resources.
Access to Services
The program helps clients with limited English skills navigate the complex world of governmental agencies by providing assistance in completing forms and offering translation/interpretation services and referrals as needed.
Low Income Tax Clinic
CARECEN operates a low-income tax clinic that aims to increase the number of Latino immigrants who understand and comply with their obligations under the U.S. tax code and who are educated consumers of tax preparation services.
Bilingual Dispute Resolution Clinic
As part of a new initiative launched in 2011, in partnership with the D.C. Superior Court, CARECEN offers bilingual dispute resolution services on-site once a month to individuals with employment, consumer, tenant, and other issues. This is a free, by-appointment clinic in CARECEN’s offices, held on the second Tuesday of every month. Community members with disputes involving unpaid wages, neighbor conflicts, tenant problems (security deposits and repairs), consumer problems (with vendors, contractors, auto shops, etc), or other monies owed between individuals are pre-screened by CARECEN staff and scheduled for interviews with the Bilingual Dispute Resolution Specialist the day of the clinic. To be assisted during the clinic, at least one of the parties involved in the dispute must live or do business in D.C.
Assistance to Crime Victims
Through this program CARECEN informs Latinos who have been victims of crime (such as domestic violence, violent crimes or sexual assault) about their rights and provides direct services to crime victims.
For more information on our clients, please visit Who We Serve.
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