Resources Update: Vaccine Pop-Ups, Free Rides to Vaccine Sites for 60+, Free Narcan Mail Delivery to Residents, Career Readiness Program, Eviction and Rental Assistance, Food Distribution, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
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.
Upcoming Vaccine Events on October 14-16, 20, 22-23, 27 and 30
There are multiple clinics every week around the city where adults and children aged 12 and up can receive their free first and second doses of the 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. Access a schedule of locations and times.
Transportation for Vaccine Appointments for Older Adults
- Free transportation through Alexandria Yellow Cab is available for older adults aged 60+ to obtain their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. Transportation will be provided to City of Alexandria residents to and from vaccination sites in or outside of the city. Individuals do not need to be signed up for Senior Taxi for this service. The senior may bring one companion with them at no charge; however, they must arrange for their own companion. To schedule a trip, please make a vaccination appointment first, then call 703.746.5999 to schedule the trip at least two days prior to the appointment. Callers will be asked to provide basic demographic information, then, they will receive a return call to confirm details of the transportation to and from the appointment. Learn more at Alexandriava.gov/Aging.
*The Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) serves seniors and adults with disabilities in the City of Alexandria and helps them lead healthy and independent lives. Watch this video to learn about the Division and its work, services offered and the people it helps.
Free Narcan Mail delivery to Alexandria’s Residents and Employees:
- City residents may obtain Narcan for free by emailing their name and mailing address to the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also obtain Narcan by appointment at the Alexandria Health Department by calling 703.746.4888. Narcan is also available without a prescription at all pharmacies. Narcan is an easy-to-use nasal spray that can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose. For more information on Narcan visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids. * Narcan by mail is available to City of Alexandria residents and employees only.
Hiring Events on October 26 and 28:
- Join the Workforce Development Center (WDC) for a Hiring Event in Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Ave. on October 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and October 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Local businesses, learning centers, and parks & recreation will be ready to interview job seekers for current vacancies. This event is free and open to the general public, but space is limited. Learn more and register.
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.
College and Career Readiness Assistance
- The City encourages youth to apply to Project Discovery Alexandria (PDA), a college and career readiness program, helps low income and first-generation eligible students to access opportunities in higher education. Applicants can join free workshops, learn about scholarship opportunities and obtain help with academic planning. Join the program and start the application process here. Learn more at Alexandriava.gov/ProjectDiscovery
Rental and Eviction Prevention Assistance
- Alexandria Eviction Prevention 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 for renters and landlords through the Office of Housing and DCHS. Learn more.
ALIVE! Food Distribution Pop-Ups
- ALIVE! has increased their pop-up food distributions to bring food directly to clients’ neighborhoods. View the ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (October 2021) or visit their website at www.alive-inc.org for more information.
- Learn more about additional food assistance resources.
REMINDER: Child Care Subsidy Program Expansion Extended to December 31
- Get help paying for child care. The Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program expanded eligibility has been extended through December 31. The expansion includes assistance for 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:
- 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