We all know about the struggles the pandemic has created hardships we must endure for generations to come! I am fully aware how things can get out of control and everything you have is uncertain these days . One of the biggest problems in the world today is homelessness and foreclosure are on the rise due to Covid-19 and job loss but fear not there are helpful options available to assist with shelter and home retention.
Assistance from Virginia homeless prevention program.
Agencies in Virginia provide financial aid to pay housing costs, such as rent, as well as other services in an effort to prevent homelessness.
The non-profit organizations listed below partner with the Department of Housing and Community Development in an effort to assist as many low income and struggling families as possible.
Participants can receive everything from emergency cash grants to referrals and legal support. As expanded upon below, there are several components of the state’s Homeless Prevention Program.
The goal of the non-profit and government agencies that participate in HPP is to stabilize the family and offer short term, emergency financial assistance to pay for their costs while that occurs. It is often combined with applications to government benefits and referrals to other local resources.
The program can help both tenants and homeowners in the state. Any financial support will need to be utilized as a last resort by the resident.Tenants can get help.
There may be grants issued to pay for back rent, overdue utility bills, or other expenses. Counselors work with the client to try to keep them housed.The homeless may qualify for rehousing.
This will be funds to pay a portion of their moving costs or a security deposit. In some cases, and application fee may be covered too. These expenses must be reasonable, including the price of a truck rental.
Homeowners may qualify for very limited mortgage payment assistance in some cases. While the intent is to prevent a foreclosure, this is not always available though due to funding levels.
There are also several other resources that offer mortgage assistance.
All funds will be paid directly to the participant’s landlord, creditor or mortgage lender.
While the organizations in Virginia will try to provide cash assistance to the client, in some cases a loan may be issued for certain bills or rent payments. This is slightly more likely if and when the resources available are depleted.
Any type of aid paid out is needs based, which means it will only be enough to stop the eviction from occurring. So the loan or other firm of support issued is intended to stabilize the situation.
Other homeless prevention assistance is offered as well. This will mostly involve services such as free legal aid or representation. This can help a tenant, or a homeowner, understand their rights. Some pro-Bono law firms in Virginia also offer free counseling or landlord / tenant mediation services. If more assistance is needed, the applicant must also be working with a HUD certified housing counselor in order to obtain a modification to their loan. The free mediation and legal services can often help people stay in their homes and can be an effective tool for preventing homelessness.
The rehousing services in Virginia will only be offered for apartments or homes that are considered rent reasonable by HUD. So the HPP – Homeless Prevention Program will not help with an overpriced home. If qualified, there may be assistance to pay for the application fee, security deposit on the new apartment, and/or first month’s rent. In some cases, a deposit or connection fee for the electric service will be paid out too.
Case management is available for all participants. In fact, it is often required in most cases. The focus is on ensuring a future eviction doesn’t occur and ending the cycle of homelessness. Counseling, job training, credit repair, and referrals to low income, permanent housing is offered.
Resources for eviction help as well as rehousing
Several counties also partner with local non-profits to offer assistance. Or the local Department of Human Services office may provide cash grants for security deposits, legal aid, and other support. This aid is in addition to these agencies listed. Find counties immediately below, or scroll down for more information.
Virginia organizations that offer homeless and prevention programs
Accomack-Northampton Regional Housing Authority
Main address is 23372 Front Street
Accomack, VA 23301
Telephone – (757) 787-2800
The non-profit supports Accomack and Northampton Counties.
Alexandria Department of Human Services Office of Community Services
2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22301
This center helps residents in the City of Alexandria.
Appalachian Community Action & Development Agency
Location is 190 Beech Street
Gate City, Virginia 24251
Areas Served: City of Norton and the Counties of Wise, Scott, Lee and Tazewell
Arlington County Government
2100 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
Supported – City of Norton and the Counties of Wise, Scott, Lee and Tazewell.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
1512 Willow Lawn Drive
Richmond, VA 23230-0565
Families in City of Richmond and the Counties of Charles City, New Kent, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan can call on this agency.
Hampton Department of Social Services
Main address is 1320 LaSalle Ave
Hampton, Va. 23670
Help is offered in the Cities of Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News and Poquoson and the Counties of York and James City.
Mailing address – P.O. Box 743
Wytheville, VA 24382
Call Toll Free: 1-877-818-8680
Cities and towns served – City of Galax. Counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth and Wythe.
The Improvement Association
P.O. Box 661
Emporia, Virginia 23847
Dial (434) 336-9805
The Cities of Emporia Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Franklin and the counties of Prince George, Greensville, Surry, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Southampton
Loudoun County – Department of Family Services
102 Heritage Way, NE, Suite 103
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
For information, dial 703-777-0353
Lynchburg Community Action Group, Inc.
Main address is 926 Commerce Street
Lynchburg, Va. 24504
Call the center at 434-846-2778
Counties and town assisted – Cities of Bedford and Lynchburg and Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell.
PO Box 1478
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22803
Call the agency at 540-432-1812
City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
New River Community Action
644 West Main Street
Main phone number is 540-633-5133
City of Radford and Counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski
Northern Virginia Family Service (Fairfax)
Main address is 10455 White Granite Drive
Oakton, Virginia 22124
Dial the Community Services Planning Line at 703-222-0880
Covers – Counties of Fairfax and Falls Church.
Northern Virginia Family Service (Prince William County)
10056 Dean Drive
Manassas City, Virginia 20110
Area Served: Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and Prince William County
People, Inc. of Southwest Virginia
1173 West Main Street
Abington, VA 24210
Main phone number is (276) 619-2283
Cities of Bristol, and the Counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Washington.
The Planning Council
Main address is 5365 Robin Hood Rd
Norfolk, VA 23513
Call the center at 757-622-9268
Cities of Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Franklin and Virginia Beach and the Counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton.
Quin Rivers Agency for Community Action
P.O. Box 660
Quinton, VA 23141
Telephone number is 540-899-9853
Covers the City of Fredericksburg, Counties of Caroline, Essex, King George, King William, Gloucester, King and Queen, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Stafford, Middlesex, Mathews, Westmoreland, and Spotsylvania.
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Pkwy
Culpeper, Va. 22701
Telephone – 540-825-7434
Areas Served: Counties of Culpepper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock.
200 Dent St.
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
The non-profit supports the Cities of Martinsville and Danville, and Counties of Henry, Pittsylvania, Patrick and Franklin.
The Salvation Army – Charlottesville
P.O. Box 296
Charlottesville, Va. 22902
Call the center at (434) 295-4058
Homeless prevention is offered for the City of Charlottesville and Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.
The Salvation Army – Winchester
Address is 300 Fort Collier Road
Winchester, Va. 22603
Areas Served: City of Winchester and Counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren.
Tri-County County Community Action Agency
1176 Huell Matthews Highway
P.O. Box 799
South Boston, Va. 24592
Telephone – 434-575-7916
Supports the area of City of South Boston, Counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Halifax and Mecklenburg. Information on emergency rent, low income housing, and eviction support is offered.
Total Action for Progress
302 2nd Street, S.W
Roanoke, VA 24011
Telephone – 540-283-4848
The non-profit can help Roanoke City and Cities of Buena Vista, Clifton Forge, Covington and the Counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig and Rockbridge.
Waynesboro Redevelopment Housing Authority
1700 New Hope Road, P.O. Box 1138
Waynesboro, Va. 22980