Weekly Resources Update: Public Hearing, Community Feedback Meetings, Renter and Landlord Resources, Mental Health Trainings, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
June 17, 2021--Each week, 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.
DCHS Closed Friday, June 18, in Observance of Juneteenth
DCHS is closed Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth (June 19), which celebrates emancipation in the United States and for the second year, Virginia and the City of Alexandria will celebrate it as a state holiday. Learn about the history of the holiday and access virtual events.
Public Hearing on Potential Uses of American Rescue Plan Act Funding on June 19
On Saturday, June 19, 9:30 a.m., City Council will hold a virtual public hearing on potential uses of American Rescue Plan Act funding. To provide input, submit written comments or request to speak during the hearing by June 18. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/AmericanRescuePlan.
Arlandria Chirilagua Plan Feedback Opportunities on June 22
Join City staff during two virtual meetings on June 22, either 6-7 p.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m., to discuss and provide feedback on the Arlandria Chirilagua Plan’s community planning recommendations. Learn more about the plan.
Racial Equity is Topic of Community Facilitated Discussions on June 23, June 30 and July 7
The City of Alexandria and ACT for Alexandria are offering the first community “30-Day Racial Equity Challenge” and invite community members to join in facilitated conversations starting June 16. The Challenge is an educational tool used to advance deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. Participants are invited to complete 30 short assignments over 30 consecutive days. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding and engage people as we continue our racial equity journey. Participants can start at their own pace and opt out of participating along the way. Register online for one or more of the facilitated conversations, which are scheduled for four consecutive Wednesdays, starting June 16. Learn more about ALL Alexandria.
Renters, Landlords Urged to Access Resources as Eviction Moratorium Scheduled to End June 30
- The CDC moratorium on residential evictions is scheduled to end June 30. Renters struggling to pay rent or have received an eviction notice can call 703.746.5700 for assistance. Landlords can call 703.746.4990 for help accessing state funds to cover overdue rent and landlord-tenant mediation. Learn more about these resources.
Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training
Weekly Jobs Flyers. View this week’s lists of employers who are hiring and hospitality industry opportunities, 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.
Register Now for Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on July 28 and 29
Register now for a virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid training on July 28 and 29 (10 a.m. - 1p.m.) to help laypersons and paraprofessionals learn skills to support adolescents who are experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or crisis. Space is limited. Learn more.
REMNDER: FAFSA Assistance Available Until June 30
VirginiaCAN and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) have partnered on a statewide effort to offer free, one-on-one FAFSA completion assistance. Through June 30, 2021, students and families can go to virginiacan.org/fafsa to schedule a virtual meeting and connect with an advisor who can answer questions and walk them through filling out the FAFSA applications. For resources for families and youth, visit alexandriava.gov/DCHS.
REMINDER: Food Assistance Available
Learn about food assistance, food distribution sites, programs to help purchase food and delivery options for older adults.
For more information on a wide range of resources available to those in need, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of Those Impacted by COVID-19:
This page was edited on July 9, 2021, to correct phone numbers related to the CDC moratorium on evictions.