Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Medicare Workshop, Health Insurance Options, Rent and Eviction Assistance, Virtual Hiring Event and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
April 9, 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, April 10
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, April 10, 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.
Register now for a free Virtual Medicare 101 Workshop on April 20, 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) and choices presented by Medicare counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To register, visit alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Register for a Virtual Hiring Event on April 28, 2-4 p.m.
The Workforce Development Center in partnership with Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is hosting a Virtual Hiring Event on April 28 from 2-4 p.m. See the registration for employers and job seekers.
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.
FEMA Announces COVID-19 Funeral Expense Assistance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that assistance funds will be available for some COVID-19 related funeral expenses, beginning in early April, to help ease some of the pandemic’s financial stress and burden. The program will cover up to $9,000 per funeral since January 20, 2020, and requires that the death certificate clearly indicate that COVID-19 contributed to the cause of death. For information about the program and to apply, visit the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance webpage.
Lower Health Care Costs Available for Federal Marketplace Participants; Special Enrollment Period for Ends May 15
Individuals receiving health care coverage through the Federal Marketplace, healthcare.gov, may be eligible to receive a tax credit lowering the cost of their monthly premiums up to $50 per person, or $85 per policy. Many enrollees could pay as little as $10 per month for health care premiums. ARP expands the number of people eligible to save money on their health care coverage, which helps address racial inequities by expanding access to coverage and reducing costs.
For those who would like to enroll or make changes to existing health care coverage through the Federal Marketplace, the Special Enrollment Period continues until May 15. View a set of FAQs for more information. Information is also available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, with translation services available on the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange hotline at 833.740.1364, or the Healthcare.gov hotline at 800.318.2596. Visit coverva.org/assistance for a list of options for in-person and phone assistance.
REMINDER: Rent Relief and Eviction Assistance Available
The Eviction Prevention Task Force urges residents who need help making rent payments due COVID-19 hardships to check to see if they are eligible and apply through the state’s Rent Relief Program web page, or call 211. Landlords are encouraged to apply on behalf of tenants to receive assistance for delinquent rental payments from April 1, 2020, and forward. Renters who received assistance for past-due rent through the Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) can reapply through RRP for help with future rental payments.
The Office of Housing also offers emergency eviction prevention assistance, including rental assistance related to COVID-19 impacts, for Alexandria residents facing eviction. Residents who have received a 5- or 14-Day “Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Property,” a court summons or an eviction notice should call 703.746.4990. For more information on rental assistance programs and other services available to Alexandria residents, visit the Eviction Prevention Task Force webpage.
Curative Testing Kiosk Hours Extended
Beginning Monday, April 5, the operating hours for the Curative COVID-19 Testing Kiosk at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.) will be extended to Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The hours were added to increase access to testing, which remains a key mitigation strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Saturday operating hours will remain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit curative.com to pre-register for a COVID-19 test.
ASL Services Now Available Through Vaccinate Virginia
The Virginia Department of Health has partnered with Connect Direct, a subsidiary of Communication Service for the Deaf, to provide American Sign Language (ASL) services for Deaf and hard of hearing Virginians in the Vaccinate Virginia Call Center. ASL users will have access to real-time support by videophone at 877.VAX.IN.VA (877.829.4682) or by clicking the “ASL Now” button at vaccinate.virginia.gov during call center hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: