Committee on Human Services

Councilmember Nadeau is the Chair of the Committee on Human Services, which is responsible for matters concerning welfare, social services, youth affairs (other than juvenile justice), homelessness, and disability services.

When I became Chair of the Committee in 2017, I was determined to tackle pressing challenges, build consensus by listening to a diverse array of voices on each issue, and make progress to ensure District residents have the support they need in times of crisis.

One year later, I'm proud to report that my committee shepherded through three major new laws – reforming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), homeless services, and disability services –  that are helping to reshape our social services so that we provide better service.

- Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau

Click here for a list of legislation currently before the Human Services Committee.


Contact the Human Services Committee Office

John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 112
(202) 724-8170

Testifying Before the Committee

Anyone wishing to testify before the Committee is asked to email or call (202) 724-8170.

The Committee will attempt to accommodate all requests for special accommodations and oral interpretation. Those representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony, and individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.

Recent Committee Updates

Press Release | June 5, 2019

DC Council budget aggressively tackles homelessness crisis and funds quality-of-life improvements

Last week, the Council took an important vote on the budget that will set the direction for DC’s spending next year. It contains some significant wins for Ward 1 and on my priorities of addressing homelessness, supporting small businesses, building affordable housing, and keeping our communities safe. Below are highlights, but please feel free to get in touch with my office if you would like more detail on funded items.
Press Release | April 2, 2019

Opposing Trump's Rule Changes to Food Assistance

On April 2nd, Councilmember Nadeau and the rest of the DC Council sent a letter to the Federal Food and Nutrition Service in opposition to proposed rule changes that would put thousands of food insecure Washingtonians at risk. Read the full letter here:
Press Release | March 5, 2019

Nadeau Bill Provides On-Site Services for Residents in Multi-Unit Buildings

WASHINGTON – Working to provide better access to social services, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau introduced a bill today that would provide on-site services for residents in certain multi-unit buildings. The On-Site Services Act of 2019 is supported by a majority of Council. It was co-introduced by Councilmembers Trayon White, Kenyan R. McDuffie, Elissa Silverman, Robert C. White, Jr., David Grosso, Mary M. Cheh, and Anita Bonds, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Charles Allen and Vincent Gray.
Press Release | January 8, 2019

Nadeau Introduces Rainy Day Refund Act to Increase Refunds for DC Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – Nearly one in five District taxpayers could get a larger tax refund under a bill re-introduced today by Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau. The Rainy Day Refund Act gives low income taxpayers who use the Earned Income Tax Credit a 50 percent “savings match” if they opt to save a portion of their refund for a “rainy day” by deferring part of their refund for six months. Deferring and increasing the refund amount is an evidence-based approach that lifts more taxpayers out of poverty by encouraging savings and helping families weather unpredictable fluctuations in income.