Weekly Resources Update: Info Sessions on Vaccination Site Positions, Medicare Workshops, Food Distribution, Anti-Stigma Resource, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
March 19, 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.
Note: The Weekly Resources Update will not be published for the next two weeks; the updates will return on April 9.
Information Sessions on New Job Positions to Staff Vaccination Sites
The City is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination and pandemic response efforts and urgently looking to hire vaccinators and other health professionals, as well as general and administrative staff. Positions include vaccinators and vaccinator assistants, logistics runners and supervisors, clinical supervisor, appointment assistants and supervisors, and flow control staff. Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the details of these positions and the vaccination job site. Learn more about these opportunities and the sessions.
Reminder: Winter Shelter Open
Nighttime temps are dropping into the 20s and 30s through the weekend. 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.
Medicare Advantage Plans Workshop
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. Register at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Medicare Part D, March 23, 10-11 a.m. The prescription plan must be chosen from a Medicare approved list of providers. The cost of Medicare D depends on the prescription plan chosen by the recipient. Beneficiaries can sign up for Medicare D during the annual enrollment period from October 15-December 7 or when the beneficiary begins receiving Medicare.
Medicare 101, March 25, 3 p.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) and choices. Join Medicare counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Regional Hiring Event on March 23
Global Career Coach is hosting the second of two virtual hiring events on 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.
ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, March 27
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, March 27, 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.
Multilanguage Flyer Gives Tips on How to Combat Stigma
Anxiety about COVID-19 can cause fear and hostility towards certain individuals that is hurtful. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against stigma, which can lead to discrimination. Access and share a multi-language flyer with tips on how to prevent, interrupt and respond to stigma.
Vacancies in Affordable Rental Properties
The Office of Housing provides housing counseling services for persons seeking affordable rental and accessible housing in the city. Each month the Office of Housing creates a list of current vacancies in affordable rental properties, including the property name, monthly rent, income requirements and occupancy limits. An updated list is now available on the Renter Resources webpage. If interested in a specific property, please contact the property directly. For questions regarding City housing programs and resources, please call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 or visit the Office of Housing’s webpage.
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: 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.
REMINDER: Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Health Insurance Options Open Until May 15
Need health insurance? You may be eligible to enroll in short or long-term health coverage during a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act through May 15. Learn more.
Federal Pharmacy Partners Program Expands Vaccine Access
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that pharmacies participating in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Retail Pharmacy program will expand vaccination to include all Phase 1b individuals. This expansion includes people who are ages 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions, as well as frontline essential workers. If you are interested in getting vaccinated at a participating pharmacy, visit VaccineFinder.org to find eligible pharmacy locations, hours, phone numbers and scheduling links where available. Pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy program are responsible for their own scheduling and managing their own pre-registration lists.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: