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Public Benefits and General Services Program Helps Low-Income Seniors in D.C.

PBGS works through legal aid to ensure income, benefits and services

The Public Benefits and General Services (PBGS) Program is designed to stabilize and increase the economic security, health and supportive services of low-income seniors in the District of Columbia.

Our Goal

The goal of the PBGS is to ensure that seniors receive the income, benefits and services to which they are entitled that enable them to live independently in the community. The PBGS develops facts and issues of cases that are not resolved by LCE hotline attorneys and attempts to resolve those cases through expanded legal advice and counsel, other brief-related services, and extended representation when needed.

Our Services

The PBGS staff represents clients in cases involving public benefits and income maintenance issues. Such cases include, but are not limited to:

PBGS staff assists clients whose benefits or services have been threatened with termination, terminated, decreased or overpaid through representation at all stages of the appeal process including personal conferences, requests for reconsideration and fair hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Public Benefits Checkup

PBGS staff also assists clients in determining what public benefits and services they are entitled to receive by conducting Public Benefits Checkups and assisting clients in applying for those identified benefits and services.

Other Services

  • Small consumer cases (such as public utilities, hearing aids, credit card debt, banking problems, student loans)
  • Collection cases
  • Other general cases that do not fall squarely within other specific LCE programs

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