Weekly Resources Update: Coping with Holiday Stress, Housing Resources, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
December 23, 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.
Online Event Focusing on Housing Resources and Information Begins January 1
Looking for resources and information related to renting and buying a home for the first time in Northern Virginia? Participate in the virtual 2021 Northern Virginia Housing Expo beginning January 1, 2021. The free, online public event will be available all year at NoVaHousingExpo.org and features monthly workshops and exhibits designed to educate participants about COVID-19 related housing assistance, being prepared for buying or renting, understanding and improving credit scores, improving energy efficiency and more. The virtual expo will also offer confidential individual financial counselling and provide a 24-hour Exhibitor Hall featuring lenders, property management companies, developers, contractors, real estate agents, service providers, local jurisdictions and more. For more information about this and other housing resources and assistance, visit alexandriava.gov/Housing.
Coping with Holiday Stress
Holidays may be stressful due to anxieties about safety and what the future may bring. Although the season can be challenging, there are ways to cope and have meaningful moments with our loved ones. Access resources and tips to help cope with stress and anxiety during the holidays.
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.
Skills Training Programs and Scholarships. Access training through Re-Employing Virginians and Fast Forward Virginia, two new programs to help Virginians gain skills and credentials in high demand fields and get back to work. Learn more.
REMINDER: Scholarship for Immigrant Students Now Open
Paying for college can be an expensive endeavor, especially for those who are DACA or TSP 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.
REMINDER: Winter Shelter for Families and Individuals are Open
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.
Alexandria Health Department Provides Update on COVID-19 Data
The Alexandria Health Department has published the latest analysis of COVID-19 case data, including cumulative figures and new cases by Zip Code, race, ethnicity and age groups. View a news release with the latest data.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: