Weekly Resources Update: Online Housing Resources, Employment Information, Mental Health Resources and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
December 30, 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.
Free Informational Event About Employment Assistance in Alexandria on January 7
- The Alexandria Workforce Development Center and Alexandria Library will host a virtual event on Thursday, January 7, 7-8 p.m. for job seekers, employers and community members. The event will cover employment rates and other labor marketing information, job opportunities, employee recruitment and “Meet the Employer'' virtual events, career training and development programs and rapid re-skilling initiatives. The event is free, but registration is required to attend.
Visit Redesigned Suicide Prevention Website for Resources
During the pandemic, it is especially important to be aware of ways to safeguard mental health. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. On average, there are 132 suicides a day. Educate yourself and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health by accessing and promoting resources SPAN's newly redesigned website. Learn more about the site and City suicide prevention resources.
REMINDER: Mental Health Resources Available Online
Individual and collective stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to a local increase in emergency room visits related to mental health as well as a statewide increase in drug overdoses in Virginia. Learn how to access resources to help cope with pandemic-related stress and anxiety, holiday stress, racial trauma, mental health crises and substance use issues.
REMINDER: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs Available 24/7
During a crisis like COVID-19, the risk for intimate partner and domestic violence increases. The Sexual Assault Center and the Domestic Violence Program want survivors and victims to know they are not alone. Both programs are open during the COVID-19 health crisis, hotlines are available 24/7 and advocates are ready to listen and help. Learn more about resources and how you can help raise awareness and support survivors during the COVID-19 crisis at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence or alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence.
REMINDER: How to Access State and Local Rent, Mortgage and Eviction Prevention Programs
- As of December 15, the centralized Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) is now processing all tenant and homeowner applications for the state program, which offers assistance paying past due and current rent and mortgages as a result of COVID-19. Take a survey to determine if you are eligible, or submit a new application online or by phone at 703.962.1884. Alexandria landlords who have residents in need of rental assistance should contact Virginia Housing at RMRP@VirginiaHousing.com for assistance, or visit virginiahousing.com/rmrp.
- Residents can also access local rental assistance and eviction prevention programs and additional services and resources offered by the City. Call 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599 for assistance.
- If you have received an eviction notice, call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 for assistance.
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.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: