Weekly Resources Update: Free Workshops, Health Insurance Enrollment and Tax Prep Service Deadlines Approaching, Job Assistance and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Free Workshops, Health Insurance Enrollment and Tax Prep Service Deadlines Approaching, Job Assistance and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxApril 30, 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. 

May 8 NoVA Housing Expo Workshop Focuses on Signing Your First Lease; offered in English and Spanish

  • The Northern Virginia Housing Expo, a free public event available the entire year of 2021, features monthly workshops designed to educate participants about housing-related topics and resources. The next workshop is Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m. for English speakers and 1 p.m. for Spanish speakers. “Ready to Sign Your First Lease?” will provide information for those interested in renting their first home. Register online. The virtual expo also offers confidential individual financial counseling and a 24-hour Exhibitor Hall featuring lenders, property management companies, developers, contractors, realtors, service providers, local jurisdictions and more.

Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Health Insurance Options Ends May 15 

  • Need health insurance? You may be eligible to enroll in short or long-term health coverage to anyone who is not currently covered during a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act through May 15. During this period, new applications or updates to existing health insurance plans can be submitted, with no qualifying event required. The Virginia State Corporation Commission “Information & Enrollment” webpage provides answers to frequently asked questions. 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.

Free Tax Prep Service Ends May 15

  • The last day to access the City's free tax return preparation service is May 15. The service is by appointment only for eligible residents Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. 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 schedule an appointment at 2525 Mount Vernon Ave.  A mask and temperature check will be required. In case of inclement weather, the program will be closed if Alexandria City Public Schools are closed or if school activities are canceled. Check the ACPS Hotline at 703.866.5300.

Register by May 15 for Trauma & Resiliency Summit on May 20

  • Register now for the Alexandria Trauma & Resiliency Summit, a free community-wide event on May 20 focusing on the pillars of equity and resilience with three workshop tracks: Racial & Social Justice, Navigating Environments, and Wellness. View a list of workshops and presenters and learn how to register. Participants must register by May 14.

Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training

REMINDER: Child Care Subsidy Program Expanded

  • 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.

REMINDER: Food Assistance Available

  • Do you need food assistance or know someone who does? We can help. Learn more about food distribution sites, programs to help purchase food and delivery options for older adults.

Multi-Language 2021 Housing Resource Guide Now Available 

  • The City of Alexandria’s Office of Housing publishes an annual guide on city programs and services for renters, homeowners, landlords, and prospective homebuyers, as well as housing resources offered by local and state housing partners. The 2021 Housing Resource Guide is now available in Spanish, Arabic and Amharic on the department’s webpage.

City Moves Into Vaccination Open Scheduling 

  • Residents are now able to directly select their vaccination appointment dates and locations without pre-registering. Due to increased vaccine supply, upcoming vaccination appointments are still available for the coming week. All available appointment scheduling links for community vaccination events are now located at alexandriava.gov/Vaccines. The list of available options includes Alexandria Health Department clinics as well as their vaccinating partner clinics, including organizations such as Glob’All and Red Sea. For support scheduling an appointment, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Local Memorial Recognizes Residents Lost to COVID-19

  • Alexandria residents can recognize, honor, and mourn family members, friends, and neighbors who have died as a result of COVID-19 at a temporary memorial in Rivergate Park, at the base of Madison Street on Alexandria’s waterfront. The memorial is titled “Alexandria Remembrance: With love, we remember our friends and neighbors lost to COVID-19” and will remain on display until June 21. Each white flag on display recognizes an Alexandria resident who died of COVID-19. As of April 22, 133 Alexandria residents have died of COVID-19. Flags will be added and signage at the site will be updated if additional residents succumb to the virus. Family members are invited to write a message or the name of the loved one they have lost on a flag. To inscribe a flag or receive more information, please email parkplanninggroup@alexandriava.gov.

For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19:

View or download a flyer to learn how to access a variety of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic in English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic.