The Center for Economic Support in Alexandria exists to help residents who are experiencing a crisis. The agency relies mostly on government grants and funds to provide a wide range of public assistance services for Alexandria area residents.
CES works to provide for all basic needs, including medical care, shelter, long-term housing, food, clothing, family support, financial assistance with utility bills, employment support, and more. The municipality wants people who need help or referrals to call 703-746-5700 for information about these services. Some of the programs that offer help are described below in more detail.
The CommonHelp website helps low-income or working poor residents to access and complete applications for various public assistance benefits. There are a variety of government benefits that can help with things like food, medical needs, and child care.
If you’re having trouble getting healthy or affordable food, the Community Eligibility Schools program can help you find emergency food pantries in the Alexandria, Virginia area. Additionally, we offer home delivery of prepared meals to those who are unable to leave their homes.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides monthly cash payments to low-income families with children while also emphasizing the importance of working toward independence and personal responsibility. The goal is to help people who are receiving public assistance to become independent.
The Virginia Center for Economic Support provides services to help people find and keep jobs, such as training, child care assistance, and transportation. To be eligible for a grant from TANF, families must have a child and be US citizens or eligible immigrants. The children must live with a parent or relative and go to school regularly. For example, there are conditions that need to be met in order to qualify for the program.
The City of Alexandria offers free federal and state tax preparation assistance to lower-income residents during the income tax filing season. Community Tax Aid provides the town with trained volunteers who prepare and electronically file tax returns. The volunteers make sure that each taxpayer receives all applicable credits and deductions. The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit are two programs that help low and moderate income families by reducing the amount of taxes they owe and/or increasing their refund.
Some funeral homes offer help with funeral arrangements. What is the phone number for the CES office of Community Services? I need to know what assistance is available for low-income or indigent Alexandria residents for basic burial or cremation needs.
Housing, rent help and shelter programs
When someone is at risk of being forced out of their home because they can’t make their payments, it’s usually because of something that happened that was beyond their power to stop or change. People are offered help to prevent this from happening. The CES Homeless Intervention Program helps people who are struggling to pay for housing. To be eligible, you must have a low income. This will help them while they are trying to become independent again.
The state of Virginia offers rent relief to disabled and/or low-income tenants aged 65 years and up. This means that if you can’t afford to pay your rent, you may be able to get help from the government in the form of a cash grant. This means that the amount of benefits you get each month will be based on how much money you make. The more money you make, the less benefits you will get.
To qualify for Rent Relief, your combined annual household income must meet the low income levels that are in place. The government provides up to $4,100 per year in the form of a cash grant to help with expenses. For more information on the Rent Relief Program, please call 703-746-5918 and ask to speak to the Community Services Specialist.
The Emergency Shelter Fund provides financial assistance for emergency shelter expenses. This program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income residents of Alexandria who are struggling to pay their rent and/or utility bills. This program helps people who are in a difficult situation and can only give money to people once a year. Self-sufficiency must be verified by participants in the future.
The Alexandria Community Shelter is a place where people can go to live if they don’t have a home. It is a safe place for men, women, single parents, and families. This place is run by New Hope Housing but owned by the city of Alexandria. The Crisis Child Care Center at the shelter can take care of children while their parents look for jobs.
The Center for Economic Support can provide assistance to those who have been displaced due to eviction or foreclosure through the Eviction Storage program. This program can help with the storage of household goods or furniture. that provide gently used furniture and household items. For those who are transitioning back into permanent housing and need furnishings, case managers will also make referrals to non-profits that provide gently used furniture and household items, such as the Salvation Army or ALIVE, Inc. The furniture program provides donated furniture to those who qualify.
If you need more information about any of these programs, you can call the Center for Economic Support at 703-746-5700.
Home energy bill assistance in Alexandria
The Fuel Assistance Program helps low-income households with their energy bills. The program is funded by a grant from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). CES partners with the state of Virginia to operate the program. The government will help families who struggle to pay for their home energy, which can include electricity, gas, oil, kerosene, or wood.
You may be able to get help paying your winter heating and summer cooling bills through the Virginia Energy Assistance Heating and Cooling Program. If someone needs help paying for their utility bills, repairing their equipment or furnaces, or delivering fuel, this can provide assistance. To qualify, households in Alexandria must earn an income that meets specific guidelines. You must be either permanently and totally disabled, a senior citizen, or have a child age six or younger to qualify for cooling assistance.
The Dominion Virginia Power Fuel Fund Energy Share Program helps income-eligible households pay for home energy costs. If your service has been disconnected or is in danger of being disconnected, please call CES at 703-746-5700 or the Salvation Army at 703-836-2427 to learn more.
The Washington Area Fuel Fund helps people with their heating bills. If you are in danger of losing your primary source of heat and you meet the income requirements, you may be eligible to receive partial payments. 14th St., New York, NY 10003The Salvation Army runs this program out of their location at 107 E. 14th St. in New York, NY. Bellefonte Avenue in Alexandria can be reached by dialing 703.836.2427.
Health and medical care programs from CES
Medicaid pays doctors and medical service providers for services rendered to eligible individuals. This means that if you want to see if you qualify for something, you need to compare your own personal circumstances to what is considered the standard.
CES also provides vouchers to help pay for prescriptions on a one-time-only basis. If someone does not qualify for free or reduced-cost health insurance, there are other programs that may be able to help them pay for health insurance.
The Center for Economic Support can help you with getting dental, low cost medical, and vision services. If a dental screening finds that someone needs help, a program may be available to provide it. The dental service provides free screenings and then refers patients who cannot afford insurance to the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic. If you need assistance, please call 703-746-5700. If you need dental care and are a resident of Alexandria, you can call the Alexandria Health Department’s Adult Dental Clinic at 703-838-4420.
CES can help you get in touch with a local nonprofit organization that can provide free or low cost eye exams and glasses. Some of these organizations include Prevention of Blindness, the Lions Club, and others.
Center for Economic Support Employment Support Services
JobLink is a resource center that helps people find jobs that are a better fit for them. If you’re looking for a job, JobLink can help. It doesn’t matter if you’re unemployed, recently graduated, under-employed, discharged from the military, or changing careers.
CES of Alexandria provides referrals to clothing closets for low-income individuals who need work-appropriate clothes or clothes for an interview. The community’s donations are what keep the availability of items high.
You may be offered bus tokens or METRO passes. The people who we help with housing and other needs can use our transportation services to get to work or other places they need to go. The Aging and Adult Services Program can provide a list of additional transportation services in northern Virginia.