Weekly Resources Update: Holiday Schedules, New Sewer Bill Relief Program, Job Assistance, New 50+ Job Seeker Cohort, Vaccine Eligibility Tool and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
January 15, 2021--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.
DCHS Closed January 18 and January 20
DCHS along with many other City offices and services are closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on Wednesday, January 20, in observance of Inauguration Day. Learn about other schedule changes and openings. All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
To ensure the safety of the community and Curative employees, the COVID-19 testing kiosks located in Alexandria will be closed on Inauguration Day, Wednesday, January 20. The testing kiosks will return to normal operating hours on Thursday, January 21. Visit curative.com for locations and hours. The City’s “Get Tested” web page provides additional information and resources for anyone who thinks they may be infected with COVID-19.
AlexRenew Sewer Bill Relief Program
AlexRenew is offering assistance to eligible customers with sewer bills more than 30 days overdue. Customers may receive relief for some portion of their outstanding balance accrued since March 1, 2020. To be considered, visit alexrenew.com/news/covid-bill-relief and fill out the online form; the form can also be downloaded, completed, scanned and emailed. The deadline for the first round of funding is February 12, 2021. Forms must be postmarked, emailed or submitted by this date to be considered for the initial round of funds. Learn more about this and other utility assistance resources.
Workforce Rapid Reskilling Cohort for Ages 50+
The Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) is hosting a six-week virtual workshop for residents aged 50 and older, weekly on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, January 19-February 23. The workshops will cover updating resumes, mock interviews and the process of applying for federal government employment. Participants are expected to attend all six workshops and can view the flyer to learn how to register.
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.
The Paycheck Protection Program Reopens
Effective January 11, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses. Initially, applications will only be open for “first draw” loans to businesses that have not previously received a PPP loan. First draw loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, mortgages, utilities, and worker protection costs related to COVID-19. The Alexandria Small Business Development Center offers additional information and resources including individual counseling sessions for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
New Online Tool Helps Determine Virginia Residents’ Eligibility for the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Virginia Department of Health has a new online tool to help you determine your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. It takes less than two minutes to fill out, and when your turn comes, you will get an alert with instructions for how to register. Access the tool at vdh.jebbit.com/amkwk6m1. Learn the latest information about vaccinations in Alexandria.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool
Residents can complete an online questionnaire to determine their risk for becoming infected or spreading COVID-19. The CV19 CheckUp is a free, confidential, and easy-to-use assessment of health and behaviors to determine an individual’s level of risk. Once a questionnaire is completed, users receive a custom report that provides recommendations to reduce risk based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. The reports generated by the website are informational only, and are not health advice. Residents are encouraged to consult with their health care providers for guidance and to discuss concerns. COVID-19 testing is a key component to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Visit the City’s Get Tested web page to determine the best testing facility for your needs.
COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit
Dealing with trauma during childhood can have a lifelong impact on a child. Breaks in routine, learning, and healthcare; missing out on milestone celebrations; and losing a sense of security because of the COVID-19 pandemic may have long-lasting effects on a child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for parents and caregivers about how to support the emotional, social and mental well-being of children and young people through the COVID-19 pandemic. The City also has a “Coping Resources for Parents and Children” flyer, which is available in Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic, and includes local crisis contact information.
SAPCA Launches Vaping Prevention Campaign
The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria launched a vaping prevention social media campaign earlier this month featuring six short videos created by Alexandria teens to raise awareness of the dangers of e-cigarette use and encourage youth to stay substance-free. The videos, created by T.C. Williams High School students, feature Alexandria youth sharing the reasons why they do not vape. The vaping prevention campaign invites social media followers to share the videos, along with the reasons they themselves do not vape. Learn more about the campaign and how you can be involved at alexandriava.gov/SAPCA.
Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Seeks Mentors for Children
Mentor one child, change two lives! January is National Mentoring Month, and the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership seeks adult mentors for children in need. Mentoring decreases risk factors associated with emotional well-being and success in school and life. Learn more.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: