Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Free Child Care Programs, Job Assistance, Holiday Sharing Program and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
November 13, 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. For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19. 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, November 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, November 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (3320 Bisdorf Drive). 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. NOTE: If the college is officially closed for any reason (like increment weather), ALL events on campus will be cancelled, including the food distribution. For a map of the college campus location and the latest updates on this week's food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.
REMINDER: Grocery Store Gift Cards Available to Address Food Insecurity
Individuals and families whose household incomes have been impacted by the pandemic may be eligible to receive grocery store gift cards in amounts ranging from $100-$400. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/115053.
City Offering Free Child Care to Eligible Working Parents
To meet the rapidly changing needs and preferences of families affected by the pandemic, the City is offering a Micro Pod Child Care program as well as other traditional child care arrangements at no cost to eligible working parents while slots are available. Learn more about these programs and how to apply.
Winter Shelter for Families Has Moved
The Winter Shelter for families has moved to 930 North Henry Street. That location and the shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) serving single adults are open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. regardless of weather conditions, ensuring that guests have a warm, clean and safe environment to retreat from the elements of winter at night.
Join the Movement to End Hunger and Homelessness
In recognition of National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-21), the City is raising awareness of the problems faced by our neighbors at risk of and experiencing homelessness and food insecurity and resources to address these issues throughout the month of November. Find out what the City is doing and how you can help. Join the movement at alexandriava.gov/118684.
REMINDER: Help Support Vulnerable Families and Individuals During the Holidays
The Holiday Sharing Program 2020 is wrapping up! THelp support Alexandria residents in need—we are still in need of gift cards for children and teens and grocery store gift cards for families and seniors. Learn how you can bring joy to those who need it most this holiday season.
Register for Virtual Events and Give Your Input on the City’s Race and Social Equity Efforts
Register for one of two remaining virtual engagement sessions hosted by the City and give your input on the City’s race and social equity efforts, which will be used to draft a resolution for consideration by the Alexandria City Council. Alexandria's commitment and efforts moving forward require inclusion, input and ideas from every part of the community. Everyone is invited to work together to build a more equitable community that will serve and improve the lives of all Alexandrians. Next sessions are November 17 at 7 p.m. and November 21 at 11 a.m. Register at alexandriava.gov/Equity.
Spanish Language Event for Parents With Children in Day Care
On November 21, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., the Alexandria Health Department is hosting a virtual meeting in Spanish for families with children in daycare to discuss when to remove a child from day if they have symptoms, when they can return and how to prevent COVID-19, and when to get tested for COVID-19.
Next Week is Last Week of 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 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.
Reminder: Healthcare Options Available for the Uninsured and Underinsured.
COVID-19 Testing and Medical Care. Access to testing and healthcare are crucial to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Residents can get a test and medical care regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. Access a list of medical providers taking new patients without insurance.
Regional Primary Care and Healthcare Options for the Uninsured. Regional Fairfax County Office of Strategy Management for Health and Human Services maintains a list of regional healthcare options for those who are uninsured, including facilities located in Alexandria and the surrounding area.
Are you eligible for Medicaid? Virginia Medicaid covers all COVID-19 testing and treatment. Virginians who need health coverage can visit coverva.org to find out if they may be eligible for Medicaid. Apply for health coverage at commonhelp.virginia.gov.
REMINDER: Utility Assistance for Households Impacted by COVID-19
Households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for assistance with energy bills, including those that have accumulated during the crisis. The Virginia COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program is available to low-income households that do not typically qualify for other Virginia Department of Social Services energy assistance programs. Each eligible household should apply online to receive a one-time payment of $300 that will address immediate energy needs. Learn more.
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.
REMINDER: Get Narcan Mailed to You at No Cost
Narcan is an easy-to-use nasal spray that can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Obtain Narcan for free by emailing your name and mailing address to the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also obtain Narcan by appointment at the Alexandria Health Department by calling 703.746.4888 or by emailing email@example.com. Narcan is also available without a prescription at all pharmacies. For more information on Narcan and how to obtain it, visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids.
Alexandria Health Department Update on COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code, Race, Ethnicity and Age
The City has published an expanded analysis of data on COVID-19 cases in Alexandria as of October 31, including summaries by ZIP code, race, ethnicity and age. This report provides an analysis by cumulative ZIP code data, summarizes significant changes, highlights the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 by race and ethnicity and more.
REMINDER: City of Alexandria Treatment and Recovery Services Remain Open During the Pandemic.
In a time of great uncertainty and stress, it is critical that people are able to focus on a message of hope and recovery. While many places have closed their doors due to the pandemic, treatment for substance use remains available to all people. The City of Alexandria remains open and ready to assist anyone who feels they could benefit from support and assistance to get into or maintain their recovery from addiction. There is no need to wait. Learn more.