Tuesday, November 12, 2019

City’s cold weather overflow shelter open November 12–14



The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open Tuesday, November 12, Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14, 2019, as temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees.

The location is the Annie Giles Community Resource Center, formerly The Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter hours of operation are 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration time is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Single adults needing overnight shelter are to call the Homeless Crisis Line at (804) 972-0813 for a referral to the appropriate shelter. Single adults residing in the City of Richmond who are not eligible for existing shelter or are advised that all available beds have been filled should report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23220; (804) 648-4177) during operational hours (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to receive a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

City residents are also advised the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Commonwealth Catholic Charities at (804) 648-4177.



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Friday, November 8, 2019

Attention Public Housing Residents: "RRHA to Freeze Evictions for Remainder of 2019"



The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently issued a press release containing vital public information entitled, "RRHA to Freeze Evictions for Remainder of 2019."
According to the release, for the remainder of 2019 no public housing resident will be removed from their unit due to debt owed to RRHA.
RRHA has also committed to "an agency-wide evaluation of... public housing families' rental accounts and give tenants that are in arrears the opportunity to come current" as well as a re-evaluation of current rent collection policies.
ALL SCHEDULED EVICTIONS ARE CANCELED.
Please spread the word to affected persons. Per the release, public housing residents should contact Ralph Stuckey of RRHA at 804-780-4291 for next steps.

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City Temporarily Closing Sidewalk on One Side of Arthur Ashe Boulevard Bridge



The city today will temporarily close pedestrian access to the sidewalk on the northbound side of the North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Bridge between Leigh Street and Avenue of Champions.  

A routine bridge inspection revealed an emergency repair was needed to fix one of the concrete piers that supports the northbound sidewalk. 

The inspection revealed no safety concerns on the traffic lanes or the southbound sidewalk.

For updates on DPW-related projects, activities and events visit us on Twitter @DPW_RichmondVA.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Federal, General and Affordable Housing Trust Fund applications now available


The applications for federal, city general fund, and Affordable Housing Trust Fund grants are currently available.

Workshops will be held on November 14th from 10-11:30 at the Main Library 101 E. Franklin St. and from 6pm to 7pm at the Police Academy 1202 W. Graham Rd.

Current Funding for Affordable Housing Trust Fund Federal Funds FY 2021 - Application Checklist

City of Richmond FY2021 Federal Funds and Current Funding for Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Application Guidelines

City of Richmond FY 2021 City General Fund - Application Guidelines

City General Fund - Application Checklist

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Friday, November 1, 2019

City Offices Closed Tuesday, November 5 for Election Day



City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for Election Day. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The General Registrar’s Office on the first floor of City Hall will be open on Election Day.


Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities offices and all city community centers will be closed Tuesday, November 5, except for those that are serving as polling stations. The following community centers will be open on Tuesday, November 5 for the purposes of voting only: Bellemeade, Blackwell, Hickory Hill, Hotchkiss, Humphrey Calder, Powhatan, Randolph and Southside.

All branches of the Richmond Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 5. The Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library will be open for voting purposes only.

Richmond Animal Care and Control will also be closed Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Refuse collection will be delayed by one day, as the city’s Solid Waste Management Division will be closed Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations will also be closed on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Each facility will resume normal operations on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

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City’s cold weather overflow shelter open November 1 - 3



The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2019, as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees.

The location of the shelter is the Annie Giles Community Resource Center, formerly The Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way. The shelter hours of operation are 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The registration period is from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Single adults requiring overnight shelter are to call the Homeless Crisis Line at (804) 972-0813 for a referral to the appropriate shelter. Single adults residing in the City of Richmond who are not eligible for existing shelter or are advised that all available beds have been filled should report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23220; (804) 648-4177) during operational hours (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to receive a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

City residents are also advised the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Commonwealth Catholic Charities at (804) 648-4177.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Improvements to RVA311 Request System, November 2019



Significant improvements to several Public Works request types will be implemented in RVA311 on November 1. Changes will separate out some request types that were previously combined, resulting in three benefits:1.    It will be easier to find the right request for your needs
2.    Submissions will be more accurate
3.    Requests will route to the appropriate internal team more efficiently
Two other, similar request types will be combined for ease of use.
In addition, descriptions of these requests have been completely rewritten to explain clearly to citizens what process they need to follow and what to expect when submitting a request.
  1. “Parking Application” has been separated into two distinct requests: "Request Handicap Parking Sign" and "Request Residential Parking Permit." Request routing has been improved.
  2. “Paid Services” Request has been redesigned into three distinct requests, tailored to each need to be easier to use for both citizens and Solid Waste staff: "Request Residential Trash Can," "Request Business Trash Can or Services Change," and "Request Paid Bulk or Appliance Pick Up."
  3. Currently combined “Public Litter / Storm Debris” will be separated into two distinct requests to improve submission accuracy: "Report Litter on Public Property" and "Request Collection of Storm Debris."
  4. Separate Public and Private Graffiti requests have been combined into single request: "Report Graffiti."
  5. Two new "Info Only" Requests Added: "How to Request Police Attendance at Community Event" and "How to Report a Gas Leak."
  6. "Paid Leaf Service" has been enabled for the season.


Citizen Service & Response will continue to make enhancements to requests in the future based on public and internal feedback, usage data and analysis.


DMV Connect Services to be Provided at City Hall on Friday, November 1



The Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) mobile customer service center – DMV Connect – will be at Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DMV Connect offers common DMV transactions including applying for and renewing driver's licenses and ID cards, titles and registrations, license plates, driver transcripts, disabled parking placards or plates, address changes, E-ZPass transponders, hunting and fishing licenses and much more.

Citizens are encouraged to research and bring the required documents to complete your transactions. To determine what documents are needed, use the interactive document guide at dmvnow.com.

DMV Connect is a portable program serving Virginians who may not be able to travel to a DMV office. These services will be offered at least once per month in the City of Richmond, depending on the volume of customers.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Major Traffic Delays Anticipated During Renovations at Transfer Station



Work at Hopkins Road station to last four months

The initial phase begins Monday, October 28, on a two-phase project to replace the concrete tipping floors at the Waste Management Richmond Transfer Station at 3520 N. Hopkins Road. Once construction begins only half of the facility will be open for waste disposal during each phase.

During the first phase the north half of the floor will be removed and replaced. Construction is expected to be completed on December 26.  The following day, December 27, phase two begins on the south half of the floor and will last until February 28. 

Due to the heavy volume of daily traffic at the station, extended delays are anticipated during the renovations. The city is urging Richmond residents who utilize the facility to instead use the East Richmond Road Convenience Center (ERRCC) at 3800 East Richmond Rd. Items such as trash, bulk and brush, and household hazardous waste can be disposed at that location. Beginning Monday, hours of operation at ERRCC are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. The facility is only for city residents. Proof of residency is required.



Monday, September 30, 2019

City of Richmond to Host Downtown Illumination RVA


After 34 years of making downtown Richmond shine, the time-honored tradition of Grand Illumination hosted by the James Center will now be operated by the City of Richmond. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) will host Downtown Illumination RVA at Kanawha Plaza, 801 E. Canal Street, on Friday, December 6, 2019 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Originally catered to the tenants, visitors, and their families of the Hames Center, this long-standing kick-off to the holiday season has annually attracted thousands to Downtown Richmond for family-friendly fun. The City of Richmond would like to thank the James Center for serving as the originators and the driving force behind this time-honored holiday tradition.

PRCF will have more details in the coming weeks.

For more information about the department, follow PRCF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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