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Charleston assistance programs.

Some of the agencies and government programs for the Charleston area are below. That is just a small listing of what is available. For a more extensive list of Kanawha County resources, click here.

Get rent, utility bill, and security deposit assistance

Almost $800,000 in federal stimulus funds are being provided to Charleston West Virginia to offer residents of this city help with a variety of bills and expenses. There will be a few leading agencies and charities that will be disbursing the funds to those in need. The organizations include the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, the Covenant House, and the Salvation Army of Charleston (304.343.4548).

The majority of the federal government funds will will go toward helping families and individuals with short- and medium-term rental assistance, assistance with security deposits, help with utility bills and deposits and funds can also be used to provide moving assistance if someone needs to movie into a home or apartment, or if someone loses their home to foreclosure.

Kanawha County DHHR Office runs several government programs, and also provides referrals and support to the working poor and those faced with poverty.

Health care needs can be met from services such as Medicare or Medicaid. For example, the public assistance type Medicaid program, which is paid for by the federal government along with the state of West Virginia, provides low cost or free medical care in the community. Services are available in hospitals or in an institutional setting, such as a nursing home. Families and individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford medical care can apply for this service. A variety of health care assistance programs are provided, all of which is established by federal and state guidelines. The exact amount of aid provided will depend upon the individual or family circumstances.

Another resource is Medicaid Work Incentive, which is health care coverage for people who are disabled and are between the ages 16 and 65. Applicants who meet the federal government Social Security disability requirement and who are also employed may qualify when their total gross income is at or below 250% of poverty guidelines.





Transportation is also offered for recipients of Medicaid and as well as people who receive Children with Special Health Care Needs. This program may request reimbursement for the cost of transportation associated with receiving medical services.

Emergency Crisis Assistance is a state of DHHR program offered in Charleston. The financial assistance program is used to assist very low income families and individuals in meeting a financial crisis when they are without available resources and have no other options available to them. Get help with heating and utility bills from the West Virginia Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), which can help eligible households with the cost of paying their home heating bills. Seniors and families with children in Charleston really benefit from the program. Additional energy bill help is available from the program called “20% Discount”. This is a Special Reduced Residential Service Rate Program for qualified residents, and it was established by statute to assist qualified Charleston WV families in receiving up to a 20% discount from their electric and/or natural gas company.

Food stamps and the government SNAP program provide monthly grocery and benefits to help eligible households in their time of need. Groceries, free food, baby formula and other nutritional support may be offered for the low income that otherwise would go without.

The DHHR office is at 4190 Washington Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25313. Call 304-746-2360. Learn about additional government assistance programs West Virginia, including cash grants, employment services, health care, and much more.

What about other Charleston West Virginia assistance programs?

There are also several other assistance programs and resources for people who live in Kanawha County and Charleston West Virginia. Click here to learn more about who to contact, and to get a list of the resources that are available.



By Jon McNamara

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