Weekly Resources Update: Vaccine Supports, Child Tax Credit Information, Give Feedback on Arlandria-Chirilagua Plan, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT
July 2, 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 is Closed on July 5
- DCHS is closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day (July 4).
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.
Final 30-Day Racial Equity Community Conversation on 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. 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 the final facilitated conversations on July 7. Learn more about ALL Alexandria.
Child Tax Credit
- The Child Tax Credit provides crucial tax relief for families, including those who did not make enough to file a tax return. Learn more about the credit and how to receive payments. A free session on July 10 will help residents still needing to file taxes and those who do not file, but will need to sign up for the tax credit.
Arlandria Chirilagua Plan Feedback Opportunity through July 13
- The City invites feedback on the Arlandria/Chirilagua Plan, which includes recommendations for housing, land use, open space and more. Review a PowerPoint and short videos and share your thoughts through July 13 in English or Spanish. Learn more about the plan.
REMINDER: Food Assistance Available
- Learn about food assistance, food distribution sites, programs to help purchase food and delivery options for older adults.
July Caregiver Corner Newsletter is Available
- Check out the July issue of the Caregiver Corner Newsletter, which highlights tips on maintaining independence, which helps maintain dignity, confidence and self-esteem. Access the newsletter and other resources for caregivers at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
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.
REMINDER: Renters, Landlords Urged to Access Resources as Eviction Moratorium Scheduled to End July 31
- The CDC moratorium on residential evictions is scheduled to end July 31. 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.
REMINDER: City Offers Cooling Options and Assistance
- 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.
REMINDER: Dental, Vision and Eyeglasses Assistance Available
- Do you need dental services but don’t have health or dental insurance? Do you need eyeglasses or hearing aids but can’t afford them? The Dental, Vision and Hearing Aid Program provides these services for low-income households regardless of immigration status. Learn more.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19:
- Emergency Safety Net Services
- Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers
- Child Care Assistance and Referral Programs
- Food Assistance
- Financial Relief for Small Businesses
- Healthcare Information and Resources
- Coping Strategies
This page was edited on July 9, 2021, to correct phone numbers related to the CDC moratorium on evictions.