COVID-19 Resources

Due to covid-19, Charles Houston Recreation Center is temporarily closed to the public.  In the interim, it is being used as a homeless shelter.  Below is. a list of resources available to anyone affected by covid-19 in the City of Alexandria.

Free Community Testing on May 25

AHD and the City are supporting two free COVID-19 community testing events on Monday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drive-through and walk-up testing will be available at Landmark Mall (5801 Duke St.; enter from Van Dorn St.). Walk-up testing only will be available at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology (3600 Commonwealth Ave.). Everyone visiting a testing site should wear a cloth face covering or surgical mask, and walk-up participants should wear sunscreen.

Testing will be open to anyone over the age of 2, but the primary purpose will be for community members who have not previously been able to access testing. These testing sites will not require doctor referrals, appointments, or identification. Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic translators will be available on-site. This event is made possible through funding by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, with significant in-kind support from AHD and the City.

Rental Assistance

Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Alexandria is providing emergency rental assistance to assist Alexandria renters experiencing housing insecurity due to COVID-19 related loss of income. Funds in the amount of $600/month for up to three months will be provided directly to property owners on behalf of eligible tenants. Financial assistance will be provided regardless of citizenship status.

Applications received through Friday, May 29 will be reviewed as part of the first application cycle, with priority given to applicants in the Tier 1 income range (see more below). Applications received after May 29 will be reviewed on a rolling basis contingent on funding availability. To apply for rental assistance, visit or call 703.746.4311.
To be eligible, households must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in the City of Alexandria corporate limits
  • Document loss of income directly related to COVID-19
  • Be current on rent as of March 31, 2020
  • Have a gross monthly household income, adjusted for household size, at or below the following program maximums:
    • Tier 1: $2,117 for 1-person household, $2,847 for 2-person household, $3,517 for 3-person household, $4,187 for 4-person household, $4,856 for 5-person household, $5,526 for 6-person household OR
    • Tier 2: $4,410 for 1-person household, $5,040 for 2-person household, $5,670 for 3-person household, $6,300 for 4-person household, $6,805 for 5-person household, $7,310 for 6-person household

There are restrictions on household assets.
Who is not eligible, generally:

  • Households with a tenant-based voucher
  • Households residing in project-based voucher communities
  • Households residing in public housing
  • Households receiving other government-based rental assistance, including rent relief through COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant funding


Food Assistance

World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit food distribution organization founded by chef José Andrés.

Local nonprofit ALIVE! will host food distribution  at Casa Chirilagua on May 21 and Ramsay Elementary School on May 28. For details about locations and times for this meal distribution, and more information on food programs, visit the City’s Food Assistance webpage.


COVID-19 Screening Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House, in conjunction with Apple, have developed a detailed COVID-19 Screening Tool that can help users check symptoms and determine what to do next if they think they have COVID-19, The site also provides links to state health departments, resources, COVID-19 updates, and more.

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