July 24th — Weekly COVID-19 Update

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis

This week, Governor Northam took several new steps to provide relief to Virginia communities, and I wanted to make sure you had the latest updates:

Today, Governor Northam announced that Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue will be removed from the halls of Congress and replaced with one that better represents our inclusive Commonwealth.

The General Assembly is set to convene on Tuesday, August 18th, for a special session to focus on the budget as well as criminal justice and police reform.

Health

  • Currently, 82,364 positive cases have been reported in Virginia.

Housing Security

  • The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), will provide $50 million in federal funding for households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. RMRP will provide short-term financial assistance on behalf of households in the form of rent and mortgage payments. To identify the local RMRP administering organization for a household and to conduct a self-assessment for eligibility, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility or call 211 VIRGINIA by dialing 2–1–1 from your phone.

Employment & the Economy

DMV & Transportation

  • The DMV announced that three locations, including the Woodbridge CSC, will reopen on July 27th.

Public Assistance Programs

  • The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) announced that they will be accepting applications for cooling assistance through August 17th. VDSS will also issue a supplemental payment, through funding by the CARES Act, to households who received fuel or crisis assistance during the most recent heating season.

Prince William County

  • The School Board voted unanimously to adopt a Return to Learning Plan that will have the first quarter of the school year as all virtual learning for most students. Special Education students and other especially vulnerable student groups, as feasible, will receive some in-person services. More information can be found here.

COVID-19 Resources:

  • Virginia Department of Health website

If you need constituent services, please contact our office at DelJCarrollFoy@house.virginia.gov.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Thank you,

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy

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Democrat for Virginia Governor. Public defender, @VAHouse Delegate, twin mom. Petersburg Proud. #HailState (she/hers) www.jennifercarrollfoy.org

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Jennifer Carroll Foy

Democrat for Virginia Governor. Public defender, @VAHouse Delegate, twin mom. Petersburg Proud. #HailState (she/hers) www.jennifercarrollfoy.org