Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Rental Assistance, Housing Resources, Vaccine Supports, Job Assistance, Cooling Assistance and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Rental Assistance, Housing Resources, Vaccine Supports, Job Assistance, Cooling Assistance  and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxJune 25, 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. 

ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, June 26

  • ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, June 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (via Dawes Ave.; see map at alive-inc.org). Drive-through is encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. Walk-ups are reserved for those without personal vehicles; bring carts or bags to carry food home. Follow current CDC guidelines; do not come if you feel sick. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.

Free FAFSA Assistance Ends 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, 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 application.

Free Child Care During Vaccine Appointments Through July 4

  • Through July 4, KinderCare, Learning Care Group, and some YMCA locations are providing free drop-in child care services to any parent or caregiver during their vaccination appointment. In Alexandria, the YMCA on West Braddock Road offers free child care during on-site vaccine appointments at the First Assembly of God. The Innovation Station Child Development Center provides free child care for patients of vaccine clinics offered by Alexandria Health Department in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Safeway, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and some independent pharmacies offer extended hours on certain days through July 4 to provide COVID-19 vaccination. The extended hours help those without the option for time off from work to receive a vaccine. Find pharmacies with extended hours at vaccines.gov.

Next 30-Day Racial Equity Community Conversation is on June 30 

  • 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 a series of facilitated conversations. 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 started on June 16 and are scheduled for four consecutive Wednesdays. Learn more about ALL Alexandria

Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training

Updated List of Affordable Rental Properties Now Available

  • 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 Office of Housing’s Renter Resources. If interested in a specific property, please contact the property directly. For questions regarding City housing programs and resources, call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 during business hours or visit alexandriava.gov/Housing

REMINDER: Multi-Language 2021 Housing Resource Guide Now Available 

  • The 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.

REMNDER: Cool Locations and Cooling Assistance

  • Looking to cool off? The City of Alexandria offers several locations as options to residents who may not have cooling in their homes, including recreation centers and libraries, as well as assistance for adults 60 years of age and older and some low-income households. Learn more.

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.