Resources for Residents during COVID-19

Food Resources: Pantries, Distributions & Drives

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Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium

Court suspends eviction proceedings through September 7 at Governor’s request The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July […]

Virginia businesses will soon have to follow safety rules to limit COVID-19. Here’s what they need to do. | Daily Press

  Gov. Ralph Northam said he asked the group to create the regulations in May due to a lack of mandates from the federal government. (View an FAQ for employers.) “Workers should not have to sacrifice their health and safety to earn a living, especially during an ongoing global pandemic,” Northam said in a news […]

Testing on May 30 at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Sentara Healthcare Limited Free Testing for Eligible Prince William County Residents To assist public health officials contain the spread of COVID-19 in overlooked/undertested communities of color, Sentara Healthcare is offering free testing for those communities in Prince William County. Testing is for persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and need to be tested for the virus. Symptoms […]

Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations

Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also directed the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19. Governor Northam also signed an amended Executive Order […]

COVID-19 economic impact | can’t pay rent or mortgage | Stay Home Virginia

Resources for Virginians struggling to pay their rent or mortgage due to COVID-19. Source: COVID-19 economic impact | can’t pay rent or mortgage | Stay Home Virginia

Prince William County Partners with Health Department and Walmart for Testing

Two COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are opening May 15, 2020, in the Walmart parking lot located at: 17041 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Dumfries, VA 22026 8386 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20109 The sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth, state and local officials to test anyone who meets Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines on […]

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Governor Ralph Northam announced on April 29, 2020 that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student loan servicers to expand on protections for federal […]

Residents Urged to Minimize Waste

Keep Collection Workers and Communities Safe Northern Virginia joins the nation in an abundance of refuse and recycling being collected by municipalities. Stay-at-home orders have sent people into their basements, attics, sheds, and other places where there’s cleaning to be done. The results -- refuse and recycling has increased 40 percent regionally. This clean out [...]

Feeding Taskforce Helpine

Anyone in the Greater Prince William Region in need of food can call the Helpline.  Agents will help callers connect with their nearest food pantry or assist with scheduling a Direct Delivery if they have an emergency food need and have no transportation or can’t leave their homes for health reasons.  Callers from Manassas Park […]

OmniRide Reducing Express Services as of April 27

OmniRide will further reduce its Express commuter bus services as of Monday, April 27, due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Express ridership has dropped by approximately 90 percent, OmniRide will continue to operate a few core commuter routes that are serving essential personnel. As of Monday, April 27, the following changes are […]

NOVA to Offer ‘JumpStart’ Tuition-Free Summer Online Courses for Region’s High School Students

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is using institutional dollars from the Federal stimulus to launch a new summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for approximately 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high school students. This is an opportunity for rising seniors through graduating seniors to JumpStart their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two […]

Prince William Board of Supervisors Approves Funding for Homeless Crisis Response Plan

On Tuesday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors accepted, budgeted and appropriated $324,534 from state and federal grants and $300,000 from Affordable Housing Proffer Funds for housing the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the County’s Director of the Department of Social Services, Courtney Tierney, the department will use $189,000 of the funding […]

OmniRide Adds Precautions for Essential Traveling Amid COVID-19

OmniRide is continuing to provide service to ensure that essential employees are able to get to work and the public can get to critical destinations like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals. However, we ask that unless you have essential business, please obey the governor’s order to stay home. For those passengers that are conducting essential […]

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: Busting COVID-19 Myths

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center hosted a virtual legislative roundtable engaging local, state, and federal legislators to discuss COVID-19 and its effects on our community. Michael Reitz, D.O, SHFM, Vice President Medical Affairs of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) discussed COVID-19. Dr. Reitz shared social distancing is the best […]

Prince William County Partners with Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William to Collect Donations for Disaster Relief

The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William partnered with Prince William County Government and the cities of Manassas, and Manassas Park to collect donations for the Prince William Area Disaster Fund. This is a combined disaster relief and recovery fund to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on the community. The fund is supported […]

Libraries are Offering Programs Online for All Ages

While COVID-19 has everything shut down, the folks at Prince William Public Libraries have found other options. They have gone digital. A science experiment on how to make a bottle rocket, LEGO® play time, story time and Music and Motion videos are some of the things people can watch on the library’s Facebook page and […]

April 10th Updates from the Landfill

The below updates are summarized in a PDF you can download by clicking here. Effective April 10th, until further notice: Landfill and Balls Ford Compost Facility will be closed on Sundays. Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling program has been suspended.  Bulky items and construction debris accepted at the Landfill only, Monday through Friday. […]

Board to Receive Public Comments Regarding Budget Online and In Person

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will hold public meetings this month to maintain the continuity of government and take the appropriate steps towards adopting the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. During the Board’s 2 p.m. meeting on April 14, County Executive Chris Martino will provide a recap and his recommendations regarding the Proposed FY2021 […]

InsideNoVa, Prince William County Government to Hold COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall – Coronavirus

InsideNoVa and Prince William County Government are partnering to hold a virtual town hall to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and answer residents’ questions. The town hall will take place on Monday, April 13, 2020, from 5-6 p.m. Prince William County Executive Christopher Martino, Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler and Prince William Health District Director […]

Governor Northam Announces Emergency Funding to Shelter Virginia’s Homeless Population

Initial $2.5 million in funding will house unsheltered individuals, support case management Governor Ralph Northam today announced an initial $2.5 million in emergency funding to shelter Virginia’s statewide homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency support will provide temporary housing for the approximately 1,500 Virginians who are currently unsheltered or rely on shelters that […]

County Working with Community Partners to Provide Resources

The schools are working hard to make sure children in the county continue to stay fed. A recent change in USDA rules now allow parents to pick up food without children needing to be present. Documentation is requested for students enrolled in PWCS; however, food will still be provided to all children even those not […]

County Works with Community Partners to Create Feeding Taskforce

Normal run-of-the-mill emergencies tend to last a few hours or maybe a few days, but the challenges associated with COVID-19 are much different. The impact of the pandemic is expected to last for a while and produce a greater need than other events. One of those needs is the access to food for the most […]

Guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you’re among those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent. Federal and state governments have announced plans to help struggling homeowners during this time. Read this to get information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rental […]

Solid Waste Facilities usage – COVID 19 Guidance

Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay at home order on March 30, 2020, which restricts all Virginians to essential trips only. The County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility are both open Monday – Saturday for limited disposal activities. Effective immediately both facilities are closed on Sundays and the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics […]

Virginia’s Statewide Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions | Virginia.gov

The Commonwealth of Virginia put together an informative FAQ section regarding the Governor’s stay-at-home order (Executive Order 55) which also includes answers to Executive Order 53. At this time, Governor Northam is also live streaming updates regarding COVID-19 on his Facebook page at 2pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Source: Frequently Asked Questions | Virginia.gov

COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Supporting Those Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus and its Economic Consequences The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. The Fund will attract and provide flexible funding resources for nonprofit organizations and other programs in our region responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. The Fund’s focus will be to […]

County Executive Provides Update on Response Efforts to COVID-19

Prince William County is actively cooperating with surrounding jurisdictions, businesses, hospitals, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to directly confront COVID-19. County Executive Chris Martino recently gave a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors showing how the county has prepared to meet […]

Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It’s OK To Grieve | NPR

  On weekday evenings, sisters Lesley Laine and Lisa Ingle stage online happy hours from the Southern California home they share. It’s something they’ve been enjoying with local and faraway friends during this period of social distancing and self-isolation. And on a recent evening, I shared a toast with them. We laughed and had fun […]

Food Pantry Directory Form

If you operate a food pantry in Prince William County, please use the form below to be added to a directory that Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye and the Greater Prince William Food Council are putting together. It will be shared online to make it easier for the public to locate services and to facilitate […]

County Offers Tools to Keep Residents Informed About COVID-19

In an effort to provide ongoing information regarding COVID-19, Prince William County is offering several new tools that residents can now access. The county’s new COVID-19 website – available at pwcgov.org/COVID19 – is much easier to navigate and is the main source of information regarding the county’s response to the pandemic. For those who have their browser [...]

Information Regarding the March 31 Board of County Supervisors Meeting

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is holding their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge. While the McCoart Building is closed to the public due to COVID-19, it is open for the Board meeting and other in-person meetings […]

Resources for the Unsheltered and Homeless During COVID-19 and How You Can Help

Supervisor Boddye’s office has received numerous inquiries on the safety of some of the most vulnerable people within our community: the unsheltered and homeless. While there are many resources available through the Department of Social Services (DSS) and through community partners, many inquiries revolved around how those services might change during the COVID-19 emergency. Our […]

Virginia’s SNAP Program to Issue Emergency Benefits

Existing clients will receive additional benefits in March and April Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants during the months of March and April, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social […]

COVID-19 Testing

We recognize and understand that there is a lot of frustration and confusion regarding COVID-19 testing. Unfortunately, there is a limited supply of testing supplies available throughout the region and the country. Facts about COVID-19 testing: There are two different components to testing: Collecting a sample from a patient. Sending the collected sample to an […]

The Prince William Health District Call Center is now open 7038727759

Image text: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) The Prince William Health District Call Center is now open at 7038727759 For questions related to COVID-19, the Prince William Health District has opened our Call Center at (703) 872-7759. Your health and safety are important to us and we want to make sure you have the information you need. […]

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

Bans public gatherings of more than 10 people Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 […]

OmniRide Altering Bus Service Due to COVID-19

March 23 – In response to declining ridership while many people telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, OmniRide will make changes to some of its Express commuter bus schedules effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020. No changes are currently anticipated for OmniRide Metro Express, OmniRide Local or OmniRide Access paratransit services. Friday service levels will be offered during weekdays, starting Wednesday, March 25, on the […]

A Message From Supervisor Boddye

Transcript Dear Occoquan District Neighbors - this is Kenny Boddye, Occoquan District Supervisor. I’m reaching out to you today regarding the situation surrounding the coronavirus. Every single member of our community has been touched by this pandemic in one way or another, and the need for social distance and self-isolation can add to what is [...]

Federal Government Responses to Coronavirus

The House Ways and Means Committee has assembled a comprehensive FAQ to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers what small businesses, seniors, and workers need to know and is broken into sections about what Congress has passed, what Congress is going to do next, and what the […]

Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility – New COVID 19 GUIDANCE

The County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility are both open. However, we have instructed our employees to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away from customers, so unloading assistance is restricted. We also request customers practice social distancing from each other. This can be a challenge on weekends, so we are offering […]

Column: How You Can Help Those Facing Homelessness During the Pandemic | PW Perspective

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, has pretty much upended everyone’s lives and is forcing everyone to stay indoors. The pandemic is also putting a strain on our ability to directly help people in need without anyone becoming infected. In Prince William County, single adults experiencing homelessness who live in the woods have to travel to the […]

Prince William County to Donate $30,000 to Local Food Banks

In an effort to ensure the most vulnerable families in the community have access to food, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors made donations totaling $30,000 to the local food banks, who have seen a decline in donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The local state of emergency declared by County Executive Chris Martino earlier […]

ACTS’ Senior Link call reassurance program

Due to the ever changing situation surrounding COVID-19 concerns, one of the precautions seniors and those with disabilities are choosing is to stay home. ACTS wants you to be aware of our Senior Link Program during this trying time. This free call reassurance program provides scheduled phone calls to senior citizens and those who are […]

Volunteers for the COVID-19 outbreak – Volunteer Prince William

As we all face these unusual circumstances we are surely adjusting our normal business practices. I have gotten a number of calls and emails regarding folks that would like to volunteer at this time. Many in our network have opted not to utilize their volunteer work force and not to take on new volunteers for […]

Prince William County Service Authority Coronavirus Information

March 16, 2020 Update  Dear Customer, The Service Authority is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and taking all necessary measures to ensure the continued delivery of clean drinking water and the treatment of wastewater for our customers in Prince William County. As a public utility, we know an emergency can happen at […]

COVID-19 Financial Resources for Food & Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers — Big Spoon Co.

Big Spoon Co. has an excellent list of COVID-19 relief resources for food and beverage businesses and restaurant workers that they are actively updating. Follow the link below to view their resource list. Source: COVID-19 Financial Resources for Food & Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers — Big Spoon Co.

OmniRide Making Changes to Protect Public Health

OmniRide today announced several changes to help protect the public and OmniRide employees from the COVID-19 pandemic while still providing vital mobility services in our community. Effective immediately OmniRide’s Local and Metro Express services will operate fare free. This move is designed to reduce interactions between bus operators and riders at the fare box and allow […]

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS: Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The scams take a variety of forms, such as setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and […]

Occoquan Office Temporary Procedures – COVID19 Response

As we discussed in previous posts, limiting contact with others (aka, social distancing) is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID19, protecting our most vulnerable populations and buying time for healthcare systems to care for patients and develop new treatments. So, for the safety of our residents and staff, the […]