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Resources for COVID-19
Here are additional resources for those affected by the COVID-19:
Local resources can be found at richmondgov.com, including public health information, support for small businesses, and updates on services and closures.
Visit publichealth.va.gov of updates, information, and actions taken by Commonwealth of Virginia.
Food assistance is available for those who qualify, and Virginians can also find information on meal services for children by texting “food” or “comida” to 877-877.
Information and updates for students and parents from RPS can be found at rvaschools.net, including the availability of meals for children.
Unemployment information is on the Virginia Employment Commission website at vec.virginia.gov.
Advice for managing stress, anxiety, and mental health during the outbreak is available from the CDC at cdc.gov.
Small Business Administration loan information for businesses affected by the outbreak. Small businesses in Richmond are all eligible for disaster loans. More information at sba.gov.
Loan and debt relief resources for students is available through the Department of Education at ed.gov.
Visit the State Department at state.gov for travel guidance, including a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” Global Health Advisory.
We are quickly approaching the Mayor's budget being presented to Council for consideration. It will come amid a time of great change as we continue face a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic and as our community comes together to create COVID reform. Our collective resilience and commitment to help each other will carry us through this very difficult period as we focus on critical steps for the City.
Council will have to endorse a budget proposal proposal that recognizes the fiscal challenge Richmond will face in the year and years ahead in the aftermath of COVID-19. This new reality compels us to pivot. In evaluating our budgetary decisions, we need to be prepared to expect heavy headwinds in several key economic sectors that have and will continue to have direct impacts on the City's budget and revenues.
I believe we are prepared for a downturn and possible future strain, but we cannot get through it without you. That's why I want to invite you to a 6th District virtual meeting this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the upcoming budget in advance of the Mayor's proposal to Council.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 820-026-277
I have prepared additional information below for your understanding of the budget. Please read over before Thursday to prepare you for the meeting. Once the Mayor has presented Council with his budget, I will have another District meeting to walk through that budget and understand your thoughts, questions and concerns and what options are available to us.
I look forward to seeing you at Thursday's meeting.
Please go below to read for important information regarding the City's budget in preparation for our District meeting on Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Ellen F. Robertson
Vice President, Richmond City Council