Weekly Resources Update: Free Tax Prep Service, Eviction Prevention and Medicare Workshops, Heating Bill Assistance, Access to Online Mental Health Tool and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Free Tax Prep Service, Eviction Prevention and Medicare Workshops, Heating Bill Assistance, Access to Online Mental Health Tool and More

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COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxFebruary 5, 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. 

Free Tax Prep Services for Eligible Residents Begins February 13

  • The City is offering free tax return preparation by appointment only to eligible residents Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from February 13 through April 10. Taxpayers are eligible if income is below $55K for individuals and families. Expert volunteers from Community Tax Aid will ensure that taxpayers apply for all applicable credits and deductions. Call 703.831.2918 to make an appointment at 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. For more information, view or download the flyer or read more on DCHS Connect.

Online Workshop on Avoiding Eviction or Foreclosure During COVID-19: February 13

  • Learn about your rights and options at a free virtual webinar at the Northern Virginia Housing Expo on February 13; the English language workshop is at 11 a.m. and the Spanish language workshop is at 1 p.m. The session will provide useful information for renters and homeowners facing eviction or foreclosure during the pandemic. Topics covered will include regional eviction and foreclosure statistics, eviction laws, COVID moratoriums and federal updates, state resources and legal services. Learn how to register. View a flyer in English and Spanish. The year-long Expo features monthly workshops and exhibits, offers confidential individual financial counselling and provides 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.

Virtual Medicare 101 Workshop on February 16 at 10 a.m.

  • Are you new to Medicare or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary? Learn the basics of Medicare coverage (Part A, B, C, D and Medigap). This presentation is given by Medicare Counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. There is no cost, but advanced registration is required. For more information call 703.746.5999. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Aging.

New Start Date for Sexual Assault Male Survivor Support Group: February 22

  • The Sexual Assault Center is offering a virtual Sexual Assault Male Survivor Support Group, which offers sanctuary for survivors of sexual abuse who identify as male. Attention is paid to building a safe experience to minimize re-traumatization and promote individual healing. The group will meet for six weeks beginning February 22; the original start date was February 8. Learn more about the group and how to register at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.

Crisis Assistance for Primary Heating Bills Available Up To March 15

  • Residents needing assistance with past due balances on their primary heating bill can apply for Crisis Assistance up to March 15 through commonhelp.virginia.gov or by calling the Enterprise Customer Call Center at 855.635.4370. Since utility companies are currently not issuing disconnect notices due to the pandemic, disconnection notices are not required this year, but there must be an outstanding balance due on the bill. Income limits apply. For questions or assistance, call DCHS at 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599. Learn more. Virginia residents can also apply for food stamps (SNAP), medical assistance such as FAMIS and Medicaid, child care assistance and cash assistance (TANF) through CommonHelp.

Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums Extended through March 31

  • The CDC moratorium on residential evictions and HUD's Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium for FHA-insured mortgages have both been extended through March 31. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated underlying issues of housing insecurity for many Americans. Keeping people in their homes and out of congregate settings, like shelters, is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Alexandrians who have received eviction notices can call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 for assistance. Learn more about the moratoriums and resources for renters, homeowners and landlords at alexandriava.gov/Housing.

Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops 

Get a Free License for an Online Mental Health Tool

  • The City of Alexandria is offering access to an online training resource for adults and youth that uses simulation and role-play conversations to help individuals gain skills in recognizing youth  in emotional distress and initiate conversations about mental health. The resource is helpful for local residents and organizations looking to understand suicide prevention and assist youth affected by mental illness. Learn more.

Free Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic March 1-4

  • The DC Bar Pro Bono Center will hold a Virtual Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic March 1 - March 4, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The clinic is open to anyone with U.S. immigration law questions, regardless of residency; you don't need to live in D.C. to utilize this free service. During the clinic dates and hours of operation, call 202.780.2573 to be connected with a pro bono attorney for brief legal advice only. Representation will not be provided through this service. Learn more about the upcoming clinic and other services and programs for refugees and immigrants.

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

View or download a flyer to learn how to access a variety of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic in English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic.




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