Resources Update for Immigrants and Refugees: Language Access Conference, English Course and More

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Resources Update for Immigrants and Refugees: Language Access Conference, English Course and More

DCHS CONNECT FEATURE


Resources for Immigrants and RefugeesApril 16, 2021--Each month, the Department of Community and Human Services will highlight new and existing resources for immigrants and refugees.

The City of Alexandria is home to more than 150,000 people from a rich diversity of backgrounds. The City is committed to providing a wide range of effective and essential safety net services to improve or maintain the well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of all its residents, including the hundreds of refugees and immigrants we welcome into our community every year.

Virginia Language Access Conference, April 23-24, 12-5 p.m.

  • This online conference presents an array of topics for interpreters, translators, language access coordinators, agency executives and policy makers. Register online.

English Course Starting in May 

  • The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia has morning, intensive beginner and low-intermediate English courses starting in May. Registration is April 12-23; call 703.237.0866 to schedule. Email info@lcnv.org for more information.

Adult Dental Service

Asylee Assistance for Mandarin Speakers

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington now has a Mandarin-speaker on staff that can assist Uyghur asylees in need of services. Ms. Lee can be reached at chia.lee@ccda.net or 571.469.2728.

Good Neighbor Partner Program

  • LSSNCA’s Good Neighbor Partner is now recruiting organizational and congregational partners to help welcome refugees to the DMV. To ease this transition and provide an extra layer of care and support, LSSNCA matches families with local congregations and groups as Good Neighbor Partners. For more information contact Shelby Kruczek kruczeks@lssnca.org. 

Additional News and Information

  • USCIS is no longer applying the Trump administration’s Public Charge Final Rule: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has returned to applying the public charge inadmissibility statute consistent with the 1999 Interim Field Guidance. In other words, an applicant’s receipt of Medicaid (except for long-term institutionalization at the government’s expense), public housing, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are no longer considered as part of the public charge inadmissibility determination. Learn more and access a set of FAQs at alexandriava.gov/DCHS.

  • Updated student financial aid eligibility coming August 2022: House Bill 2123, sponsored by Delegate Alfonso Lopez, and Senate Bill 1387, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Boysko, make any student eligible for state financial aid if they are eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. This law will take effect August 1, 2022.

  • Medicaid has expanded coverage eligibility for certain Lawful Permanent Residents: Effective 4-1-21, a qualified Lawful Permanent Resident who entered the U.S. on or after 8-22-96 and who has resided in the U.S. for at least five years is no longer required to have any qualifying quarters of work to receive full Medicaid benefits. Lawful Permanent Residents who previously were ineligible due to not having required working quarters are encouraged to reapply online or call CoverVA at 855.242.8282.

  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has withdrawn the previous administration's proposed "mixed-status" rule: The Trump administration’s proposed rule, released on May 10, 2020, would have led to nearly 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families, who are ineligible for public and other subsidized housing due to their immigration status, to split up or be evicted. More than 55,000 children would have been adversely impacted and potentially evicted by this rule. HUD determined that the proposed rule conflicted with two of President Biden's Executive Orders, which directed federal agencies to review proposed federal policies that work contrary to strengthening inclusion efforts for immigrants. With the proposed rule formally rescinded, HUD will continue to comply with Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act, which permits mixed-status families, those which include members who are eligible and others who are ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status, to be permitted to live together in subsidized housing with prorated assistance. Learn more and read the National Low Income Housing Coalition's response here.

Learn more about additional resources and services for immigrants and refugees.



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