Weekly Resources Update: Winter Shelter Open, Medicare Workshop, Regional Hiring Events and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
March 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.
Reminder: Winter Shelter Open, Cold Nights Forecasted Through Sunday
Nighttime temps are dropping into the 20s through Sunday. 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 at alexandriava.gov/49636.
Free Medicare Workshop March 9
DCHS is offering a series of free virtual workshops about Medicare for residents who are new to the health care coverage or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary. The next workshop is on Medigap, which helps fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare, on March 9, 10-11 a.m. Learn about coverage and cost associated. Register at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Regional Hiring Events on March 9-11 and March 23
Global Career Coach is hosting virtual hiring events on March 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and March 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., featuring the TSA, Federal Protective Service, Secret Service, Military Sealift Command, SunTrust and BB&T. Download or view a flyer about the event. Learn more about the event or register online.
The Virginia Employment Commission is hosting three days of regional hiring events in March: Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia on March 9, Southwestern and South Central Virginia on March 10 and Greater Richmond and Hampton Roads on March 11. Each event is 1-5 p.m. Register online. For additional information or assistance, email HiringEvents@vec.virginia.gov.
Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training
Weekly Jobs 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.
Nurturing Parenting Program in Spanish, March 17 - May 12
Join other parents and share parenting insights, successes and challenges. This is a FREE virtual program on Wednesday's starting March 17 to May 12 (skipping March 31), 6-8 p.m. via Zoom. If interested, contact email@example.com.
REMINDER: Apply for Crisis Assistance for Past Due Balances on Primary Heating Bills
Residents needing assistance with past due balances on their primary heating bill can apply for Crisis Assistance up to March 15 through CommonHelp 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.
REMINDER: Free Tax Prep Services Available by Appointment for Eligible Residents Through April 10
DCHS is offering free tax return preparation by appointment to eligible residents Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, 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. For more information, view or download the flyer or read more on DCHS Connect.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: