VAMA News, Forms and Publications: COVID-19 Updates & Resources

COVID19 Community & Renter Resources

Tuesday, April 7, 2020  
Posted by: Teresa Starkey
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VAMA has collected a list of Virginia COVID19 community resource pages for businesses and renters.  For more information on any of these items, click on the links provided.    

Top-line Government Agency Resources:

 

Virginia Government Central Coronavirus Government Resource:

https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

 

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development COVID Website:

https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/covid-19

 

Virginia Department of Education:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

 

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus:

www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus

 

Virginia Housing Development Authority Renters Page:

https://www.vhda.com/Renters/Pages/renters.aspx

 

Virginia Employment Commission Unemployment Page:

http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed/

 

 

Business Resources:

 

Virginia Chamber of Commerce:

https://www.vachamber.com/covid-19/

 

Rental Assistance Programs:

https://www.rentalassistance.us/state/virginia

 

Virginia Association of Realtors:

https://www.virginiarealtors.org/coronavirus/

 

Virginia Housing Alliance:

https://www.vahousingalliance.org/covid-19

 

Virginia Community Capital:

https://www.vacommunitycapital.org/navigating-covid-19/

 

 

Virginia 211 Index of Resources:

https://www.211virginia.org/consumer/index.php

 

*NEW* IRS Non-Filer Web Tool: This IRS feature helps people who normally don't file get payments; second tool next week provides taxpayers with payment delivery date and provide direct deposit information. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

 

Child Care Resources: Child Care Aware of Virginia is a community-based network of child care and early education specialists. We deliver services to families, child care professionals and communities, working to increase the accessibility, availability and quality of child care in Virginia. To reach Child Care Aware of Virginia, families may complete searches online at vachildcare.com, email care@vachildcare.com or call 866-543-7852 (866-KIDS-TLC) www.vachildcare.com

 

SNAP Benefits (Food Assistance): Households in need may apply for SNAP immediately and are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. When applying, applicants must report their current anticipated income as of the application date. There is a question on the application to address recent job loss. Households must file an application for SNAP benefits with the Local Department of Social Services in the locality where the household resides. Households may file applications in person, by mail, by fax, by telephone to the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 855-635-4370 or online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov

 

Food Resources: The Federation of Virginia Food Banks has listings of local food pantries across Virginia. To find one near you, visit: www.vafoodbanks.org/covid-19-response/

 

No Kid Hungry: Parents and families can find sites approved for meal service on the School Meal Finder website (this information is continually updated and additional details with their school division). Families can also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to learn more about food options near them. http://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/?filter_state=va

 

Unemployment Resources: Beginning with claims effective March 15, 2020, Governor Northam has directed that the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to Coronavirus, please note that no claim for unemployment insurance may be filed or processed until an actual lay off from employment has occurred, or until there has been an actual reduction in hours. When filing your claim for unemployment benefits, please be sure to check the reason for separation as Lack of Work/Lay off. If you will be filing because of a reduction in hours, you will not receive benefits unless your gross earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount. www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

CommonHelp: Virginia's convenient way to apply for healthcare coverage, food assistance, child care, heating/cooling assistance, and cash assistance. VISIT: http://commonhelp.virginia.gov

 

Cover Virginia: Learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. www.coverva.org

 

Virginia Easy Access: Special resources for seniors and people with disabilities. VISIT: http://easyaccess.virginia.gov

 

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE:

Hearing Impaired: Dial 7-1-1 for Virginia Relay then 1-800-230-6977.

 

Please feel free to contact the VAMA if you have any questions, (804) 756-8262.