(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In response to the needs from the community, the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) entered a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to hire a new bilingual community outreach specialist to provide direct human services to limited English proficient (LEP) and non-English proficient (NEP) Vietnamese American residents in the District.
“In addition to our efforts to assist the Vietnamese American community in the areas of mentoring and academic services, we are now able to provide needed in-person, in-language, direct human services at a location that is accessible to the Vietnamese American community,” said OAPIA Director Soohyun “Julie” Koo.
“The Department of Human Services is pleased to offer this service for our customers. A language barrier should never prevent a District resident from receiving the services he or she may need. We are grateful for this partnership with the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, and look forward to continued collaboration,” said DHS Director David Berns.
Under this partnership Chau Ngo, the new OAPIA Community Outreach Specialist bilingual in English and Vietnamese, will be on-site every Wednesday from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm at the Department of Human Services – Taylor Street Service Center, 1207 Taylor St NW, Washington, DC 20002. Ngo will provide individual assistance to LEP and NEP Vietnamese American clients on DHS services.
**Notice: As of October 1, 2014, until further notice, OAPIA staff will no longer be available at the Department of Human Services on Wednesdays. For assistance, please contact OAPIA at (202) 727-3120.**