CDC Temporarily Halts Residential Evictions in Communities with COVID-19 Surges, including Alexandria
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August 13, 2021--On August 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new order temporarily halting evictions in locations where there have been surges in COVID-19 and increases in cases of the Delta variant. The moratorium is in effect through October 3 and covers all renters living in communities that meet these criteria, including the City of Alexandria.
The City urges renters and landlords to act now to prevent evictions by accessing rent relief assistance, affordable housing options, and resources to help meet basic needs.
The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) provides rent relief to both renters and landlords:
RRP provides eligible renters with assistance to cover rent payments past due beginning April 1, 2020. Renters can submit applications online or call 703.962.1884 for more information.
Landlords can apply on behalf of tenants to receive financial assistance for past-due and current rental payments. Landlords can submit applications online, email email@example.com, or call the City of Alexandria Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 for eligibility assistance.
The City’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Office of Community Services (OCS) also provides rental assistance to eligible households facing a housing crisis or homelessness. Residents can call the DCHS Customer Call Center at 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599 to learn about rental assistance, as well as other available emergency assistance.
Renters can also access a number of other supports and resources, including:
A regularly updated list of affordable rental units, complaint mediation between tenants and landlords, and counseling services for persons seeking affordable rental and accessible housing or seeking to relocate in the area
Resources to meet basic needs, such as food assistance, employment, utility assistance and healthcare
The Office of Housing offers additional support to landlords and tenants, including an Eviction Prevention and Housing Stability Toolkit, information on affordable housing opportunities, Fair Housing Law training, and landlord-tenant mediation services. Visit alexandriava.gov/housing for more information or call 703.746.4990.
In an August 10 letter to owners and mangers of multifamily rental properties, Mayor Justin M. Wilson thanked landlords all they have done to assist residents in finding funds for emergency rental assistance and urged them to hold off on eviction proceedings if a tenant is in the process of applying for rental assistance.
Information of community transmission can be viewed on the CDC COVID tracker.
If you have received an eviction notice, call 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599 for assistance.