Weekly Resources Update: Events, CSB Public Hearing, Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline, Mortgage Assistance, Job Assistance, Mental Health Resources and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
May 7, 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.
Provide Input on How to Use Federal Funding in Alexandria Online or at Community Meetings on May 8 and May 10
The City is seeking community input on how to use forthcoming federal funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Provide your feedback by reviewing and prioritizing a list of potential programs and projects and submit your own ideas. You can also provide input at virtual public meetings on May 8 and May 10. Feedback due by May 13. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/AmericanRescuePlan.
CSB Virtual Public Hearing on May 13
The Alexandria Community Services Board (CSB) is holding a virtual public hearing on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. to receive comment on the needs of Alexandrians with mental illness, developmental disabilities or a substance use dependency. Register, get additional information and see the proposed FY22 CSB Budget by Area of Disability.
Register by May 14 for Trauma & Resiliency Summit
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.
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.
New FHFA Mortgage Assistance Program
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is implementing a program that enables low- and moderate-income homeowners with incomes up to 80% of the area median income and Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages to refinance. For more information, visit the FHFA.
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.
Employment Training for SNAP Recipients
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients are eligible for SNAP Employment Training (SNAPET), which assists individuals in obtaining employment and training needed to enter or advance in the workplace. Learn more.
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.
REMINDER: Child Care Assistance 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 at alexandriava.gov/115056.
REMINDER: Funding Available for Restaurants
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program provides funding equal to pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Learn more about RRF and how to apply at the Small Business Association. Learn more about additional financial relief resources for businesses in Alexandria.
Free and Anonymous Online Mental Health Screening Tool
Access a free, anonymous online screening tool for mental health and substance use disorders. Find out in a few minutes whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you or someone you care about. For more mental health resources, visit alexandriava.gov/115061.
Resilience Week Virginia 2021 Resources
Building resilience helps individuals and communities bounce back from difficult experiences. Access ideas and resources to help build resilience that are being shared through Resilience Week Virginia.
Annotated ALL Alexandria Resolution Now Available.
Access an online, annotated version of the ALL Alexandria: Committing to Race and Social Equity resolution, adopted by City Council in January. The resolution acknowledges racial inequity in the past and present and commits to adopting practices and policies that promote racial and social equity. The annotations provide additional information, historic background, and resources for phrases and terminology used throughout the resolution.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: