Weekly Resources Update: Affordable Health Insurance, Food Distributions, Rental Assistance, Affordable Mortgage Workshop, Job Assistance, Vaccine Pop-Ups and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
August 13, 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 Affordable Mortgage Workshop on August 14
Looking for an affordable mortgage to fit your income? Learn about special mortgage programs offered through HomeReady, Home Possible Advantage, and Virginia Housing and see if any of them are right for you. Attend the "Hot Summer Mortgage Programs" webinar the Northern Virginia Housing Expo is hosting on August 14 at 11 a.m. to find out more. Register now!
Special Enrollment Period for ACA Health Coverage Ends August 15
Need health insurance? Find out if you are eligible to enroll in short or long-term health coverage during a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, which ends August 15. Translation and multilanguage information available. Learn more.
Upcoming AHD Vaccine Events
The Alexandria Health Department offers multiple pop-up clinics every week around the city where anyone aged 12 and up can receive their free first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. As part of Alexandria's commitment to serving all communities, clinics are hosted at a variety of times in conveniently located neighborhood locations and do not require ID, insurance or English fluency.
Get a Schedule of Pop-Up Food Distributions in August
ALIVE! is increasing pop-up food distributions to bring food directly to clients’ neighborhoods. View the ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (August 2021) or visit their website at www.alive-inc.org for more information.
Rental and Eviction Prevention Assistance
Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership staff are available in-person for immediate assistance every Wednesday and Thursday from 12-3 p.m. at Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave.). Call 571.351.3272 or email volunteerAEPP@alive-inc.org.
Access City and state rental and eviction prevention assistance programs and services through the Office of Housing and DCHS. Learn more.
Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training
Weekly Jobs Flyers. View this week’s lists of employers who are hiring, compiled and released by the Workforce Development Center. 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: 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.
REMINDER: 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.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: