Committee on Human Services


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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

If you wish to testify before the Committee, please visit 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 | March 4, 2020

Letter to Department of Human Services on Families in Hotels and Shelters

On March 4, 2020, Councilmember Nadeau sent this letter and request to Director Zeilinger of the Department of Human Services to ensure that the Council and the public are fully informed about the wellbeing of families staying in hotels and in our new Short Term Family Housing (STFH) facilities.
Events | -

Committee on Human Services Performance Oversight - Evening Community Hearing at the R.I.S.E. Center

R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20032
United States

Update | January 27, 2020

Pre-Hearing Responses for the 2020 Department of Human Services Performance Oversight

See below for links to the Department of Human Services responses to the Committee on Human Services Pre-Hearing oversight questions.
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.