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Charlottesville and Albemarle County Assistance Programs.

There are ways to get emergency financial help, government assistance, and free stuff (food, medical care, furniture, cars, etc.) in the Albemarle County region. The main churches, charities, and non-profits to apply at are below.

There may be money to pay for rent or a mortgage or security deposit. Grants can pay water or electric bills. Or get free groceries, gasoline, school supplies, dental or healthcare, and even Christmas toys in Charlottesville . All of that assistance is combined with income opportunities, free credit or debt counseling, and budgeting classes.

Rent assistance program

The City of Charlottesville offers a Rental Relief Program. Qualifying households can receive a grant to help pay their rent. The funds can also cover deposits or storage costs. There are some conditions before a rent grant will be provided. Some of them include income limits, the applicant must have lived in Charlottesville for the year, and a few others. Dial (434) 970-3170

Property tax assistance

Charlottesville is providing grants to help lower and middle income homeowners with paying their property taxes. Homeowners who are behind on their property taxes, or who need help with their taxes, may be able to receive grants of $375 or $525 (which depends on applicant income). The funds provided will be applied to the December property tax bill of qualified Charlottesville homeowners once their application is approved by the City.

There are some conditions to this property tax assistance program, such as the assessed value must be less than $365,000, you must own no other home, and a few more. Find other ways to get property tax help, or call (434) 970-3333 to look into this options.




Energy, utility, and other financial assistance in Charlottesville

A number of programs and resources are offered by the Charlottesville Virginia Social Services, which is the leading government agency. Among them include energy and fuel assistance. It focuses on heating as well as summer air conditioning bills. This is an energy bill program can help local families with paying for home heating costs and energy bills.

The financial assistance can be used for such expenses and to help needs such as furnace re-starts, paying for electricity delivery charges, late charges and fees, crisis shutoff prevention, installation charges and connection or reconnection fees to turn back on utilities. They can also offer a limited amount of housing assistance, such as Section 8 housing vouchers.

Charlottesville Salvation Army, which can be reached at (434)295-4058, also an extensive menu of assistance programs, grants, and information to the low income as well as unemployed. For example, some of them include short-term future rental and mortgage assistance, foreclosure prevention, free prescription medication vouchers, clothes, free food, furniture and household furnishings, and money for utilities. There are also free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, back to school supplies, and Thanksgiving meals.

Some of the information and referrals offered from the agency include social services advocacy. This is a form of general referrals to local churches and non-profit agencies for needs that cannot be handled in-house. There are also referrals to eye doctors for free exams, dentists, and medical providers, and also information on government programs. Phone (434) 972-1703. Or read more on the programs offered from the Salvation Army in Charlottesville area.





Alliance for Interfaith Ministries runs the Dominion Power Energy Share program. Get help with any electric bill, no matter who your provider is. They are another place for referrals as well, such as learn about Virginia foreclosure assistance programs. Call (434)972-1704

The local community action agency, which also supports the greater Charlottesville Virginia area, is the Monticello Area Community Action Agency. They offer referrals to federal and state of Virginia assistance programs. As resources allow they can also can pass out a limited out of emergency cash assistance at most one time per fiscal year to qualified people

The cash grants can be used for foreclosure prevention, eviction prevention, or to help people with getting utility termination prevention. In addition, there is a small amount of money for health and medical care needs such as medical prescriptions. They also help families find low cost or free dental care from clinics. Several other social services and emergency assistance is available from MACCA in Charlottesville. Dial (434)295-3171, or read Monticello Area Community Action Agency.

Jefferson Area Board for Aging provides support to seniors and the disabled in Albemarle County. They can offer financial help, such as for energy bills or even a free Air conditioner, along with social services. Other resources for low income elderly may be as follows. The address is 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901, dial (434)817-5222.

  • Low cost Meals on Wheels.
  • Information on Medicare enrollment and prescription drug discounts.
  • Asissted living housing in Virginia.
  • Referrals to loans to pay for home repairs or modifications.
  • Much more is available locally and nationally as well. Locate financial assistance for seniors.

The cost of housing is a barrier in the Albemarle County region as well as city of Charlottesville. Non-profits as well as the government try to (1) help families find an affordable place to live and (2) pay the deposit, rent, or mortgage for the unit. Other support includes advice, legal aid and more. Find a list of programs that help with housing.

Assistance is available during the holidays as well. Several agencies partner together, including churches and social service offices. They may provide free toys, gifts, meals, and food boxes. The Christmas and Thanksgiving programs are not only offered in Charlottesville, but throughout the county as well as nearby towns. More on Albemarle County free holiday programs.

Food programs, including pantries and soup kitchens

There are almost 20 different charities to turn to for free food. Some of them operate at churches and others are at regional non-profit organizations. For those that qualify, they may not only be given free boxes of groceries, but there may also be clothing, Christmas meal or gifts, and much more. Others have soup kitchens on site too.





  • Church of Our Saviour has a pantry that is open a few days per week. Call (434)973-6512.
  • North Garden Ministries serves hot lunches and breakfast, has formula for babies, and other grocery items.
  • St. Paul's is a regional church in Charlottesville. The number is 434-979-6354.

Find other resources to try. Whether it is pantry or SNAP food stamps, there are many free food banks in Albemarle County.

Government benefits also help tackle hunger. Thousands of families are qualified for food stamps but do not know it or do not apply. Social workers help families understand the application process and apply. Learn more on SNAP food stamp assistance.


By Jon McNamara

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