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Augusta County Virginia assistance programs.

People in Staunton and Augusta Virginia can turn to the local community action agency, Untied Way supported non-profits, and can also find help from charities. Numerous organizations offer help with bills, rent, medications, legal advice, and other forms of assistance.

Get free legal aid and advice

Low income, the elderly, and other qualified individuals can gain access to free legal programs from Blue Ridge Legal Services. This organization is providing free legal assistance and advice to eligible people in civil matters. Certain individuals can access the programs and get help from attorneys, including low income and elderly Shenandoah Valley and Staunton residents. 800.237.0141.

Programs that provide rent and utility bill help

Struggling families and individuals can contact the Salvation Army of Waynesboro / East Augusta County Virginia. The non-profit organization will assist with providing free food, clothing, utilities and heating bill help, rent assistance, free furniture, transient meals, gasoline and transportation for job seekers and provide transportation to medical facilities. In addition, some of the other programs and services offered include emergency disaster services, shelter and lodging, counseling, 24/7 senior citizen telephone contact, and Christmas and holiday assistance to those in need of help. 540.943.7591, or read Salvation Army Staunton Virginia.

Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development, focuses on housing issues in the region, including rental and foreclosure assistance. However the government agency can also provide referrals for other needs.

One resource available is a rental subsidy for qualified low income residents. The financial aid is for the disabled, senior citizens, and low income, working poor families with children. A monthly grant can be provided to those that qualify. The county department also offer Home Ownership and Foreclosure Prevention services. These can help either first time home buyers or those that are behind on their mortgage and are facing a foreclosure.





To learn more on these or other programs, including government benefits, stop by 2100 Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia 22201 or dial (703) 228-3822.

Programs for children, including child care

A program known as "Stuff The Bus" offers school supplies that are collected for area needy children. Dial 540.943.1215.

Another organization known as Community Child Care (540.886.7372) provides both day care and child care, after school programs and summer programs for children ages 2-12 in Staunton Virginia.

Discount cards for prescription medications

A United Way funded organization known as FamilyWiseTM Prescription Card Service offers free prescription cards, and the cards provide significant savings to Augusta County and other area residents. Dial 540.885.1229.

Information and advice from the Community Action Partnership of Augusta

The County does not have a dedicated non-profit community action agency, so the Community Action Partnership of Augusta serves in this role. The agency only gives referrals. They can offer people advice on where to turn to for help from both the government or non-profits.

No direct financial aid is given, only information on other places to call for help. Learn about energy bill and heating programs, eviction and homeless prevention, and how to get housing assistance, whether it is loans or security deposit help. Counselors will work with qualified individuals. They have details on local free tax preparation sites and help fund human service agencies but do not offer assistance themselves. Call the agency at 540-292-0017, or more on Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro.




By Jon McNamara

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