Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Free Flu Shots, Job Assistance and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Free Flu Shots, Job Assistance and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxOctober 30, 2020--Each week, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) highlights new and existing resources to support individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or those in need. 

We encourage residents and faith-based and nonprofit organizations to share these resources with their neighbors and networks. You can also learn about and share the latest resources and news by following DCHS on Facebook or Twitter or subscribing to the Spanish Language Text Line by texting ALEXINFOESP to 888777.

ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, October 31, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

  • ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, October 31, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and John Adams (5651 Rayburn Ave.) Elementary Schools. Drive-through encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. Walk-ups are welcome and should maintain 6 feet social distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or bags to carry food home. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.

Free Flu Clinics For Uninsured Individuals

  • Inova Cares Clinic for Families is offering free flu shots for uninsured people  throughout November, while supplies last. Appointments are required. To schedule a flu shot during one of the following clinics at Inova Cares Clinic for Families - Alexandria (4700 King St., Suite 100), please call 571.665.6599. View or download a flyer for clinics scheduled in additional locations in Northern Virginia.
    • November 4: 3-5 p.m.
    • November 6: 3-5 p.m.
    • November 11: 3-5 p.m.
    • November 13: 3-5 p.m.
    • November 18: 3-5 p.m.
    • November 20: 3-5 p.m.
  • The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) reminds residents with Medicaid or private insurance that flu shots are available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies (including many in grocery stores). For those without insurance, AHD offers low-cost flu shots to eligible low-income residents based on income and other factors. For eligibility and income-related documentation required, contact the Health Department at 703.746.4888.

Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops 

Daycare Town Hall Videos

  • A recording of a virtual COVID-19 Daycare Town Hall meeting produced by AHD is now available. The Town Hall provides public health guidance to guardians of children attending daycare or other child care settings. Topics include when to keep a child home from daycare, get a child tested for COVID-19, and return a child to daycare as well as common infection scenarios. 

Rebuild! VA Grants Expanded

  • Rebuild! VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, has expanded eligibility criteria and increased the amount of grant money businesses receive. Businesses with less than $10 million in gross revenue or fewer than 250 employees are eligible under the new criteria, and the maximum grant award has increased from $10,000 to $100,000. Rebuild VA is now open to all types of Virginia small businesses that meet size and other eligibility requirements, from restaurants and summer camps, to farmers and retail shops. Businesses that previously received a Rebuild VA grant will receive a second award correlated with the updated guidelines. Learn more about this and other financial relief for small businesses.

REMINDER: Help Support Vulnerable Families and Individuals During the Holidays

  • The holiday time can be stressful for those experiencing financial or emotional stress. This is especially true for low-income families, older adults and children in foster care. Help support Alexandria residents in need through the Fund for Alexandria's Child Holiday Sharing Program. Learn how you can bring holiday cheer and much needed support.

REMINDER: Free Online Caregiver’s Conference November 9-13

  • The Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium is hosting this year's annual Caregivers Conference  on November 9-13. The free virtual event provides opportunities for family caregivers, volunteers working with older adults, and professionals in aging and related services to learn new ways to engage with and provide care for individuals with dementia. Learn more about the event and how to register.

REMINDER: Fact Sheet and Chart Illustrates Impact Certain Benefits Have Under Public Charge Rule

  • Have questions about the Public Charge Rule? Access FAQs, which includes a fact sheet about the rule and chart illustrating the impact certain resources may have on public charge determinations, including COVID-19 related relief. The chart reflects federal guidance regarding certain COVID-19 related resources that are not counted under the rule, including COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines, certain CARES Act programs and Pandemic EBT and Unemployment Assistance programs. Learn the latest.

  • Note: The public charge rule does not apply to green card holders (except for those who leave the U.S. for 180 days or more), refugees, asylees, T or U visa applicants/holders, VAWA, special immigrant juvenile, active duty service members and their families, or certain people paroled into the U.S. Immigrants in one of these statuses can receive public benefits and resources and it will not affect their status. The rule also does not affect applications for U.S. Citizenship or green card renewal.

Guidance for All Public Transportation

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued strong recommendations for the use of masks for all passengers and employees of public transportation. Due to the nature of public transportation, it is often not possible to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Covering the nose and mouth with a mask is critical to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks should be worn for all domestic and international travel at all times at stations, airports and seaports and inside aircraft, trains, buses, boats and hired cars. Maintain physical distance whenever possible, wash hands frequently, avoid touching or disinfecting high-touch surfaces when possible and carry supplies such as extra masks and hand sanitizer containing more than 60% ethyl alcohol.