Arlington Middle Schools

Information Session

Arlington families can learn more about middle school programs offered by Arlington public schools by attending the annual Middle School Information Night at 7 p.m. Monday, at Wakefield High School, 4901 S. Chesterfield Rd., Arlington.

During the program, families of children entering middle school in the fall will get an overview of the county's middle schools and programs, including program focuses, application dates, orientation schedules and transfer procedures. After the general information session, parents can attend two breakout sessions with individual middle school principals. The breakout sessions will outline unique programs and activities offered at each school.

Grant to Provide Housing,

Assistance to Disabled

Arlington, working with Volunteers of America National (VOA), has won a $4.8 million grant to provide an assisted-living residence for low-income persons over 50 who have mental and/or cognitive disabilities, county officials announced.

The Assisted Living Conversion Program financing -- from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -- will enable the nonprofit VOA to extensively renovate and expand the former Oak Springs building from 39 to 52 units and to include necessary program and community space, according to a county press release.

The new assisted-living residence is expected to be completed by late 2007 and will mark a first for the county -- a place specifically designed for people over 50 with mental health and/or cognitive disabilities and who need assistance with such tasks as personal care, meals, housekeeping and transportation, officials said.

More than 100 Arlington residents need the care that will be offered in the new residence, according to Department of Human Services officials. Most of these older people now live in independent apartments or in group homes but require more specialized care than has been provided.

Fuel Assistance Available

To Low-Income Families

The city of Alexandria is accepting applications for the Virginia Energy Assistance Program through Nov. 14.

Financial assistance is available to eligible low-income families to help pay for the primary fuel used to heat their homes. Any family that now receives public assistance, food stamps, or Supplemental Security Income is automatically eligible for the program but must submit an application before the deadline. Income and resources of all household members must be verified. Household assistance benefits will be determined by mid-December.

All applicants will receive written notice of eligibility and benefit level. Benefits will be based on household size, income and the type of fuel used to heat the home. In most circumstances, payments will be made directly to the energy provider. Eligible households may also apply for emergency assistance for the repair or replacement of defective or inoperable heating equipment.

For more information about the Virginia Energy Assistance Program or to receive an application, call the city's Office of Community Services at 703-838-0971 or 703-838-0901; or visit the city's Department of Human Resources, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All applications for non-emergency assistance must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 14.