Weekly Resources Update: Free COVID-19 Testing, Virtual Event Featuring Coping Resources, Scholarship for Immigrant Students, Job Assistance and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Free COVID-19 Testing, Virtual Event Featuring Coping Resources, Scholarship for Immigrant Students, Job Assistance and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxDecember 11, 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

Free COVID-19 Testing Pop Ups: December 15, 17 and 19

  • The Alexandria Health Department is conducting free COVID-19 testing two to three times a week through December 21. These events are intended for people who live and work in this neighborhood, especially those without insurance. Call 703.647.6160 to pre-register. Walk-ups welcome. For more information and updates, visit alexandriava.gov/117213. Events currently scheduled next week include: 

    • Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 2-4 p.m.
      Location: Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.

    • Thursday, December 17, 2020, 2-4 p.m.
      Location: Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.

    • Saturday, December 19, 2020, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      Location: William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave.

Register for Resiliency Yoga Session for Survivors and Co-Survivors of Sexual Assault on December 16

  • The Sexual Assault Center invites survivors and co-survivors to join us for the second of two virtual yoga events hosted by Kyra Davenport on Wednesday, December 16, 6 p.m. All survivors at any place in their journey are welcome to reclaim their resiliency through the practice of gentle and mindful yoga. To register, contact Monica Huerta at 703.746.3134 or email monica.huerta@alexandriava.gov. After you register, you will be sent a link to the session. View or download a flyer.

Virtual Community Event Featuring Coping Resources on December 16

  • The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria is hosting a virtual community event on December 16, from 6-7 p.m. featuring resources and tools for coping with stress and change during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as highlighting the Coalition’s accomplishments and goals. Learn more and register online.

Scholarship for Immigrant Students Now Open

  • Paying for college can be an expensive endeavor, especially for those who are DACA or TPS recipients, asylum seekers or undocumented. The Dream Project is awarding $2,000 scholarships, renewable every year for up to five years, to 100 immigrant students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, community involvement and perseverance in the face of adversity. Learn more about eligibility and apply online. Learn more about other resources for immigrants and refugees.

Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops 

State Rent and Mortgage Relief Program Will Have New Application, Guidelines Starting January 1

  • The Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) has received state funding to continue after CARES Act funding ends on December 30. Beginning January 1, in addition to the existing eligibility requirements, landlords will be required to submit applications for the RMRP on behalf of delinquent tenants who have not already applied. Landlords who own more than four units must offer a repayment plan to tenants before filing for eviction, and are required to give tenants 14 days’ notice before filing. Landlords are encouraged to work with tenants to find rental assistance programs. They may not evict tenants without going through a legal process, and they cannot evict before December 31 as long the tenant has agreed to apply for assistance through the RMRP. Landlords may also not deny applicants for tenancy based solely on their payment or eviction history due to nonpayment between March 12 and the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Applicants who believe they are experiencing discrimination for payment history during the pandemic should call 703.746.4990 or visit alexandriava.gov/Housing for information. Tenants covered under the eviction moratorium are still required to pay rent. Tenants unable to pay rent because of lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to receive a 60-day continuance on their cases. The application under current eligibility requirements will be available until December 30. The new application and requirements will be available on January 1.  

For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: