Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Past Due Heating Bill Assistance, Medicare Workshop, Spring Reskilling Cohort, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
March 12, 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.
ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, March 13
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, March 13, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (via Dawes Ave.; see map at alive-inc.org). Drive-through encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. Walk-ups are reserved for those without personal vehicles and should maintain 6 feet social distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or bags to carry food home. If the college is officially closed for any reason (e.g., inclement weather), all events on campus will be cancelled. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.
Apply for Crisis Assistance for Past Due Balances on Primary Heating Bills Through 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 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.
DASH Buses Resume Front-Door Boarding and Fare Collection March 15
Effective Monday, March 15, DASH buses will resume front-door boarding and fare collection of $2 per trip, and continue to offer discounted and fare-free programs for students and seniors. Passengers are encouraged to use contactless options to pay the fare to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as the DASH app or the SmartTrip app or card. Passengers are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times, including while waiting for the bus, boarding, traveling, and disembarking the bus. Passengers will not be permitted on any DASH bus without a mask. King Street Trolley service remains suspended until further notice.
Medicare Advantage Plans Workshop on March 16, 10 - 11 a.m.
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. Next workshop: Medicare Advantage Plans. Sometimes called "Part C" or "MA Plans," Medicare Advantage Plans are an “all in one” alternative to Original Medicare. These "bundled" plans include Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance), and usually Medicare drug coverage (Part D). Register at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Spring Session Starting for WDC 50+ Rapid Reskilling Cohort
Are you a job seeker age 50+? Join the WDC Rapid Reskilling Cohort and attend free virtual workshops that will help you update your resume, practice mock interviewing and get assistance with the Federal job application process. Spring session begins April 6. Email email@example.com, with a resume if possible, to register. Learn more.
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.
REMINDER: Discounts Available for RPCA Programs For Eligible Residents
Registration is open for Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities spring classes and activities. Check out in-person and virtual options, ranging from fitness and sports programs to environmental education, camps for children and creative and performing arts programs. Financial assistance to help with fees is available for eligible residents. Learn more.
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: