Weekly Resources Update: Alexandria Cookouts, Medicare Workshop, Free Child Tax Credit Sign Up Session, Child Care Subsidy Extended, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
July 9, 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.
Free Session to Help Families Sign Up for the Child Tax Credit on July 10
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, how to receive payments and a free session on July 10 to help residents file taxes or 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.
Alexandria Cookouts on July 13 and 14
Join DCHS and other City programs and services for an Alexandria Community Cookout, 6-8p.m., on July 13 at Brent Place (375 S. Reynolds St.) or July 14 at William Ramsay (5650 Sanger Ave.). Learn about City services, find out about programs for youth and families, and get free food and giveaways!
Medicare 101 Workshop on July 14
DCHS is offering a virtual workshop for residents new to Medicare or caregivers for a Medicare beneficiary. The workshop provides information on how Medicare works, the different parts of the health insurance program and how to get the most out of Medicare coverage. Next workshop is July 14, at 3-5 p.m. Register at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
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.
ALIVE! Adds Additional Weekend Food Distribution Location and Increases Pop-Up Distributions
- ALIVE! will add William Ramsay Recreation Center as a new location with walk-up service for food distributions. Beginning July 17, the outdoor basketball court at William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave.) will be the third site for ALIVE! weekend food distributions. The other two sites are Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via Dawes Ave). ALIVE! distributes bags of groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, and bread, depending on food supply chains, two Saturdays per month, including the last Saturday, from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. The summer weekend food distributions are currently scheduled for July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28, September 11, and September 25.Cora Kelly has both drive-through and walk-up services. NOVA is drive-through service only. William Ramsay is walk-up service only.
Pop-up food distributions will also increase this summer, in collaboration with community partners. ALIVE! will bring bags of food to specific neighborhoods or apartments in the parking lot at each pop-up location. Drive-through and walk-up service options vary by location. Visit the ALIVE! website at www.alive-inc.org for pop-up dates and times.
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.
Child Care Subsidy Program Expansion Extended to December 31
The Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program expanded eligibility has been extended through December 31. The expansion includes caregivers who are job searching and families earning 85% of the Virginia Median Income. This means a family of four earning less than $7,412 per month may be eligible for 12 months of assistance that can help parents cover the cost of child care and find or maintain employment. View flyers in English and Spanish and learn more about the program and learn how to apply.
Curative Testing Kiosks and Mobile Van Hours Adjusted
Curative testing kiosks and mobile van operating hours will be adjusted to reflect the times of greatest use:
Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mobile Van, 4109 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Curative patients will also have the ability to test for COVID-19, Flu A, Flu B, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in a single appointment. Curative is partnering with Abbott, a global healthcare leader, to offer the new innovative test, which provides the ability to get tested for several contagious diseases in one stop at convenient locations. Book a testing appointment at the Curative website.
REMINDER: Cooling Assistance Available
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: