Resources for Unsheltered and Homeless during COVID-19

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 […]

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 […]

County Continues to Find Ways to Serve Homeless

COVID-19 has created challenges in serving the most vulnerable populations in the county, including those who are homeless. To better serve the needs of the homeless, the Prince William County Department of Social Services and Streetlight Community Outreach Ministries moved the Overnight Shelter to the gymnasium of the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building in March, allowing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 [...]

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 […]

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 […]

Unsheltered and Homeless Resources: Streetlight Ministries

Our office reached out to County Departments and community partners to collect information regarding resources available for the unsheltered and homeless. StreetLight Community Outreach Ministries provided the following information via email: During this crisis, StreetLight will continue homeless services which include:  Case Management support with our Outreach Case Manager  (Roger Guzman, StreetLight’s Case Manager for […]

Coordinated Entry System

  During the COVID-19 crisis, residents are reminded to contact the County’s Coordinated Entry System to provide resources to any people experiencing homelessness. If someone experiencing homelessness is sick or needs to be tested for COVID-19, they should call a healthcare provider and that way the healthcare professional can determine if they need to be […]

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 […]

Amid coronavirus crisis, county relocates overnight homeless shelter to larger space | News | princewilliamtimes.com

Some of Prince William’s most vulnerable residents had a new place to sleep last night. About four dozen homeless people who had been staying at the county’s overnight shelter were transferred to a larger space the A.J. Ferlazzo Building, while some chronically ill homeless residents were temporarily housed in a local hotel. The changes are […]

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 […]