Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging CAA, which is based in Exmore and can be reached at (757) 442-9652, is the local community action agency. The non-profit agency can direct people to both Virginia and federal government assistance programs as well as local charities and non-profits. They are one of the top places to turn to for all sorts of needs, including mortgage payments, foreclosure prevention, medical help, information on Virginia Section 8 housing and rent assistance.
The agency not only assists qualified low income and working poor families in Accomack and Northampton, but they also focus their services on the elderly. Case managers can direct qualified individuals to home delivered meals or job training from Senior Community Service Employment Program. They also have information on homeless prevention and grants for paying security deposits or rent, both of which are available in Virginia. Or, explore utility bill programs such as weatherization. Click here.
Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission - This agency is involved in providing temporary financial assistance, cash grants and various other housing services as part of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program. For example, the program provides housing relocation and stabilization services to both families and individuals who are facing an eviction, who are currently homeless or would be homeless but for financial assistance and cash grants that may be provided by this government program.
Examples of the type of cash grants as well as temporary financial assistance provided by the rapid rehousing and homeless prevention program includes money for rental assistance, security and utility deposits, utility and cooling bill payments, moving cost, and motel or hotel vouchers if you have no other options. To continue with the assistance programs offered, temporary assistance and services for housing relocation and stabilization include housing search and placement, case management, free or low cost legal services, landlord/tenant mediation and credit repair. Call (757)787-2936 for more information.
Cape Charles, Trinity United Methodist Church - This church runs a food center that offers free food and groceries once per week. Dial (757)331-1921
Foodbank on the Eastern Shore - Over 20 agencies partner with this primary food bank for Accomack and Northampton County Virginia. The free food is distributed through 25 agencies including emergency food pantries, shelters, and elderly care centers. Call (757)787-2557
Onley Community Health Center, Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. - This is a low cost or free community clinic for Accomac and Northampton Counties. It may be able to provides a private, non-profit health provider offering residents all phases of primary medical care, dental aid and lab service. Call (757)787-7374.