Community & Human Services

We envision a community in which residents enjoy a sense of well-being, safety and self-sufficiency. We strive to provide effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians.

Page updated on Nov 9, 2021 at 10:39 PM

Welcome to the Department of Community & Human Services


For the latest information about resources, services and programs that support the safety, self-sufficiency and well-being of all Alexandrians, like us on Facebook facebook.com/DCHSAlexandriaVA, follow us on Twitter twitter.com/DCHS_AlexVA and subscribe to the Spanish Text Line by texting ALEXINFOESP to 888777.



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Kaiser Permanente CHAP is offering health care coverage with no monthly payments to 75 City of Alexandria children and adults who cannot obtain any other health plan. Application deadline December 15. Learn more.


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Check out the DCHS Community Impact Report for Fiscal Year 2021 and discover how our programs and services are improving the well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of all Alexandrians. Besides fiscal data and facts about the Department’s budget, leadership and operations; the document provides information about the accomplishments of the three direct service bodies. 


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Need dental services but don’t have health or dental insurance? Need eyeglasses or hearing aids but can’t afford them? The Dental, Vision and Hearing Aid Program provides these services for Alexandria residents who meet income guidelines regardless of immigration status. Learn more.



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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Community and Human Services is offering “Assistance from a Distance” as a way for Alexandrians to access DCHS Services by phone, online, video and urgent appointments, as indicated. Learn about how to access services | Spanish | Arabic | Amharic


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Read the latest stories and news about DCHS programs and services that support and increase the well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of all Alexandrians.


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Alexandria is home to more than 150,000 people from a rich diversity of backgrounds. Learn about a wide range of effective and essential safety net services to improve or maintain well-being, safety and self-sufficiency--and how you can help support local immigrants and refugees, including new arrivals from Afghanistan.


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During times of crisis, your eyes and ears are needed to help identify neighbors who may be at risk of abuse. Access and share a flyer to help you identify signs of abuse. 


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Discover helpful tips and access resources to cope with stress and uncertainty. Mental health conditions don't discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity, but these factors can make access to mental health treatment more difficult. Learn more and access race based trauma resources, multicultural mental health resources and resources for the LGBTQ community.


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CommonHelp allows Virginia residents to apply online for public assistance benefits. Find out more.


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Read the latest updates on the July 29 ruling and COVID-19 guidance regarding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule, which is still being applied in Virginia.  


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 Many people are newly fighting anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. Those with preexisting conditions may be doubly challenged. The Department of Community and Human Services offers access to free anonymous mental health screening as well as a variety of wellness resources. No one should suffer alone; treatment works.


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During a crisis like COVID-19, the risk for intimate partner and domestic violence increases—and so does the need for  support. View resources and help raise awareness at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence or alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence.


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The Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission (CYFCC) has released its “Children and Youth Master Plan Five Year Report” that highlights successes combating issues that impact the lives of children and families in our community. Read the report


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Do you have a minute for a survey about the DCHS website?  Your feedback helps us improve.  Take a short survey.


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Learn how the national heroin and opioid crisis is affecting our community and how City programs and services are responding. Know how to recognize and respond to an overdose and how to help save lives. 


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