Weekly Resources Update: Free Flu Shots, Job Assistance, Online Caregiver Conference, Winter Shelter and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
November 6, 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.
Winter Shelter is Open in Two Locations
- The City's Winter Shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is now open in two locations. A shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) is serving single adults and another at Carpenter's Shelter (5701 Duke St., Suite D) is serving families. The program ensures that guests have a warm, clean and safe environment to retreat from the elements of winter at night. The locations are open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily regardless of weather conditions.
- If you encounter someone who is experiencing homelessness, share with them the above information or contact Alex 311 to report your observation. Department of Community and Human Services staff will go out to share support and resources as soon as possible.
REMINDER: Rent and Mortgage Assistance Available
Are you or someone you know struggling to pay the rent or mortgage? Or received an eviction notice? We can help. Learn how to access assistance and resources for renters, homeowners and property owners.
Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Available
Do you or someone you know need assistance with Medicare Open Enrollment? We can help. VICAP is providing free, unbiased, individualized counseling to help residents understand and navigate Medicare open enrollment.
Free Online Caregiver’s Conference is Next Week, 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.
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 at the Alexandria location (4700 King St., Suite 100), call 571.665.6599. View or download a flyer for clinics scheduled in additional locations in Northern Virginia. Remaining clinics in Alexandria include:
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 and Neighborhood Health offer 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
Weekly Job Flyer. View this week’s list of employers who are hiring, which the Workforce Development Center (WDC) compiles and releases every Monday. Follow WDC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer listing employers, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.
Free Workshops and Training. Access free WDC job readiness and career development workshops--including interviewing skills, navigating the virtual job fair, transferable skills, one-on-one job coaching, networking and more--and over 5,000 SkillUp online skills training courses. Select WDC workshops are also available in Spanish.
COVID-19 Hardship Extension for City of Alexandria Property Taxes
If you are a resident of Alexandria and your ability to pay the full amount of the 2020 second installment of real estate tax due by November 16 has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.4800 to discuss your circumstances and learn about payment options. Learn more.
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.
All-Weather Grants and Guidelines for Businesses
The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership is accepting applications for its ALX B2B All-Weather Grant, which provides businesses funding to help cover the costs of procuring tents, awnings and heating elements to create outdoor spaces for customers.
Reminder: Coping Resources for Race-Based Trauma
Chronic stress can have negative side effects on everyone. Pervasive exposure to racism and discrimination create additional daily stressors for people of color. Explore a continually growing collection of resources for and information related to coping with racism and trauma on individual, interpersonal and family, community, and national and global levels. Learn more.