Effective December 22, 2018, there has been a partial federal government shutdown. This is directly affecting certain federal employees and contractors and their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Arlington County is committed to ensuring support for its affected residents and their families.
At this time, the following public benefits ARE NOT AFFECTED and current recipients and eligible applicants should see know disruption in benefits:
- Local Housing Grants
- Federal Housing Programs, such as Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
- Child Care Subsidy
The Department of Human Services continues to monitor the situation and will update this listing should any changes occur.
For any questions on benefits, impact, and eligibility, please call 703-228-1350 or visit Arlington County’s Department of Human Services at 2100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204 – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arlington Landlords and Rental Property Owners
The federal government shutdown impacts many families’ abilities to support their households. Arlington County urges landlords and rental property owners to exercise flexibilities to not displace or adversely affect households during this difficult period. Residents who anticipate challenges in making their rent payment as a result of the shutdown are encouraged to speak with their landlords about their circumstances.
Flexibilities landlords should exercise with tenants are:
- Repayment plans for missed rents
- Waive or eliminate late fees and other penalties
- Utilize property reserve accounts
- Direct Arlington residents to the Arlington County’s Department of Human Services for other emergency resource assistance.
Employment Services for Arlington Residents
The Arlington Employment Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any impacted federal employees who wish to receive job search and employment case management services or to receive assistance in applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). The Arlington Employment Center hosts a VEC office onsite to assist Arlington residents in the application process.
Affected Arlington residents can also apply for Unemployment Insurance through the VEC website at www.vec.virginia.gov or by calling 866-832-2363. To receive Virginia Unemployment Insurance benefits, one’s job duty station must be located in Virginia. If one’s job duty station is located in the District of Columbia, he or she must apply with the District of Columbia at www.DCNetworks.org. If one’s job duty station is located in Maryland, he or she must apply with the state of Maryland’s office or at www.mdunemployment.com.
Quick Links for Common Resources
- How to create or redo your budget from a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Financial Coach
- How to apply for food stamps and Medicaid available through Arlington County’s Department of Human Services (DHS)
- How to access food assistance from Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
- How to access the career services through Arlington County’s Arlington Employment Center (AEC)
- How to access emergency dog and cat food provided by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA)