Weekly Resources Update: Child Care Subsidy Program Expands Eligibility, Job Assistance, Mental Health Resources and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
April 16, 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.
Child Care Subsidy Program Expands Eligibility
The Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program has expanded eligibility to include caregivers who are job searching and families earning 85% of the Virginia Median Income. For example, a family of four earning less than $7,412 per month may be eligible for 12 months of assistance. This temporary expansion will help parents cover the cost of child care and find or maintain employment as Virginia takes steps toward recovery from the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2021. Learn more about the program and how to apply at alexandriava.gov/115056.
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.
REMINDER: Discounts Available for Eligible Residents for RPCA Summer Programs
Registration is open for Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities summer 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 at alexandriava.gov/121472.
REMINDER: Food Assistance Resources Available
Do you need food assistance or know someone who does? We can help. Get information on food distribution sites, programs to help purchase food and delivery options for older adults at alexandriava.gov/115053.
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.
CDC Reports Increased Anxiety and Depression; City Mental Health Resources Available
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an increase in symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder and the use of mental health care in adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. A study conducted between August 2020 and February 2021 shows an increase of approximately 40% in symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. Feelings of fear, grief and isolation during the pandemic increase the risk of mental health problems.
The City offers resources for a variety of topics, including managing stress and anxiety, multicultural mental health, resiliency for supervisors, and help to meet basic needs during the pandemic. The Virginia COPES non-crisis support line is available by phone or text at 877.349.6428, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 5 to 9 p.m. Support services are provided for anyone struggling with trauma, grief, or distress and community resources referral is available. The City also has several 24-hour crisis hotlines and suicide prevention resources. If you or a loved one are in danger of self-harm, please dial 911 or go immediately to your nearest emergency room.
REMINDER: Free Licenses Available for Online Mental Health Training Tool
The City is offering access to an innovative online training resource for adults and youth that uses simulation and role-play conversations to help individuals gain skills in recognizing students in mental distress and initiate conversations about mental health. The resources is great not only for organizations but also parents, youth workers or anyone else wanting to understand suicide prevention and assist youth affected by mental illness. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/120070.
REMINDER: 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.
REMINDER: New Handout Listing Community Services and Resources for Residents Experiencing Homelessness
Check out a new two-side flyer that lists 50 community services and resources for community members experiencing homelessness. This new resource makes it easier for residents and organizations wanting to support residents experiencing a housing crisis to share services and programs that can help. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/120986.
State Restores Voting Rights to Over 69,000 Virginians With Past Felony Convictions
Last month, the civil rights of more than 69,000 Virginias were restored using new new eligibility criteria that mirror a proposed change to the Constitution of Virginia that would automatically restore voting rights to individuals upon completion of their sentence of incarceration. Any Virginian released from incarceration will qualify to have their rights restored, even if they remain on community supervision. This change builds on a number of bipartisan reforms that have been made to the restoration of rights process over the last decade, including streamlining the application and eliminating the waiting period and the prerequisite that court costs and fees be paid prior to having one’s rights restored. For more information, read a news release about the action.
Access an IRS FAQ about the Third Economic Impact Payment
Congress authorized a third round of Economic Impact Payments in the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021. Those eligible will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $1,400 for individuals or $2,800 for married couples, plus $1,400 for each dependent. Unlike EIP1 and EIP2, families will get a payment for all their dependents claimed on a tax return, not just their qualifying children under 17. Normally, a taxpayer will qualify for the full amount if they have an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 for singles and married persons filing a separate return, up to $112,500 for heads of household and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses. Payment amounts are reduced for filers with incomes above those levels. For more information about this set of stimulus payments, which differ in some ways from the first two sets, access an FAQ provided by the IRS.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: