COVID-19: Help with Jobs, Food, Housing and Human Services

Page updated on Apr 16, 2020 at 9:47 PM

Help with Food and Basic Needs 

  • View resources to meet basic needs for those impacted by COVID-19.
  • View a map of food distribution sites and times
  • View resources to cope with fear and uncertainty
  • Many grocery stores in the region are having trouble keeping up with demand for products. The City is relaxing regulations to allow grocery stores to receive extra deliveries of stock.
  • On April 14, City Council unanimously approved an additional $100,000 contribution of City matching funds for the   ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund, following an initial contribution of $100,000 on March 14. The Fund provides a rapid-response grants process to help community organizations provide critical services including emergency food, rental assistance, financial assistance, child care, household and medical supplies, medicine, and more. 
  • On April 14, City Council allocated an additional $220,000 to  ALIVE! to ensure adequate food supply for food distributions and food pantries through the end of May, following an initiation contribution of $20,000 on March 14. ALIVE! provides nutritious staple foods to Alexandrians in need through direct distribution to clients and by supporting Alexandria’s food pantries, meal kitchens, public schools, recreation centers and other community partners.

Help with Rent and Housing

  • Resources from the Office on Housing for renters, homeowners, property managers and landlords, and people experiencing homelessness.
  • View a  letter from Mayor Wilson to landlords (  en Español) on March 16, requesting accommodations for tenants with difficulty making rent payments.
  • Mayor Wilson joined the mayors and chairs of Northern Virginia localities in a  letter to Governor Northam on March 19, urging him to use his emergency powers to suspend foreclosures and evictions, waive late fees and penalties for rent, and reduce restrictions on human services programs. On April 14, City Council unanimously adopted a  resolution calling on the U.S. Congress and the Governor of Virginia to address the immediate crisis of rent and mortgage payments through a potential moratorium, and to suspend the reporting of negative credit information by credit bureaus. 

Help with Jobs and Unemployment

  • Virginia has announced expanded unemployment benefits as part of the federal CARES Act, which increases weekly benefits by $600 for workers with unemployment insurance claims effective March 29 through July 31. Payments to eligible claimants will be retroactive and will be made automatically in conjunction with weekly claims. New benefits for previously uncovered workers were also announced. Affected workers like the self-employed, who are not eligible under traditional unemployment insurance, may be eligible under the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. To be eligible for this new program, workers must first apply through traditional unemployment by visiting the  Virginia Employment Commission or the  Virginia Workforce Connection.