Weekly Resources Update: Free COVID-19 Testing, Food Distribution, Job Assistance, Update to Rental/Mortgage Assistance, New DCHS Text Line and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Free COVID-19 Testing, Food Distribution, Job Assistance, Update to Rental/Mortgage Assistance, New DCHS Text Line and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxDecember 18, 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, December 19, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., in Two Locations

  • ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, December 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (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. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.

Free COVID-19 Testing Pop Up on December 21

  • 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. One event is scheduled for next week: 

DCHS Launches Text Line 

  • Like many social service organizations across the country, DCHS has been adapting and expanding services in the midst of the physical distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The text line is the latest service offered to expand “Assistance from a Distance” options. Residents can learn how to contact DCHS programs and services on an easy-to-access “Assistance from a Distance'' flyer available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic. In addition to previously existing phone and virtual services, residents can now text 703.346.5599 and receive a response in English or Spanish during the hours listed on the flyer; additional language options are available.

Updates to Rental and Mortgage Assistance Resources

  • If you are a renter or homeowner who needs help paying your rent or mortgage, state and local programs can help. As of December 15, the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) Support Center is now processing all tenant and homeowner applications for rent and mortgage relief offered through the state program. Find out if you are eligible or begin a new application at applications.deval.us, or call 703.962.1884. The City of Alexandria also offers rental assistance and other local resources; find out if you are eligible by calling 703.746.5700 or texting 703.346.5599. If you have received an eviction notice, call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 for assistance.

  • Landlords can also apply on behalf of their tenants to receive financial assistance for past-due and current rental payments through the state’s RMRP. To see how RMRP may help or to start the application process, visit virginiahousing.com/rmrp. For local resources and services, visit alexandriava.gov/Housing or call 703.746.4990.

Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops 

Access Mental Health Resources 

Reminder: Winter Shelter Open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Daily

  • The City's Winter Shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is open in two locations. A shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) is serving single adults and another at Carpenter's Shelter (930 North Henry St.) 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. Learn more about the shelter and other services for those experiencing homelessness.

Prepare for Vaccines with New Vaccine Webpage

  • COVID-19 vaccines are on their way and the City has developed a vaccine webpage to help residents learn more about their safety, how they work, and when vaccines may be available. COVID-19 vaccines are a key ingredient to reduce illness, save lives, and return to normalcy in Alexandria. Learn about the types of vaccines that are in the final stages of approval with the FDA, how they were developed and the steps involved in being proven safe for the public. Find out whether costs will be involved in receiving the vaccine, the order in which residents will be prioritized for receiving the vaccine, and more. Updates will be added to the webpage as more information is available, including who can be vaccinated first and where vaccines will be offered. 

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