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Salvation Army programs in Charlottesville.

The Salvation Army will first perform a financial assessment of someone who needs help in Charlottesville. After this consultation is complete, the case worker will work with you to determine the necessary action to be taken in order to regain self-sufficiency. This can include emergency assistance, such as financial aid, and more longer term support, including job training.

A key service is the Homeless Intervention Program, or HIP. This is offered in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Virginia, and helps prevent evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness in the state. Programs can also assist any currently homeless individuals or families in securing longer term permanent housing. At the same time HIP also provides education and a job training program in order to help secure self-sufficiency and increase a client’s income. The Salvation Army of Charlottesville, Virginia runs homeless prevention and rent assistance for the Virginia counties of Greene, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Luisa and Nelson.

Various conditions are in place. Some of them include the applicant must be facing a hardship due to a crisis that is out of their control, such as a job layoff, loss of transportation, accident, or medical condition. The Salvation Army will support people who were self-sufficient prior to the crisis, and people need to be able to prove that they can return to self-sufficiency and begin paying their rent on time in the near future.

An imminent eviction or foreclosure must be in process. Income limits are in place, and are partly set by the federal government HUD agency. Individuals must have no other options available to them and have used up all other aid, such as area churches, Social Services, or CARES.

Any type of cash offered by the Homeless Intervention Program will be paid directly to the landlord or mortgage servicer/bank. The client will not be paid directly by the Charlottesville Salvation Army. Rent assistance can include funds for paying back or future rent, or a counselor can help you negotiate upcoming payments. Money can be offered for immediate mortgage payments or security deposits too. Any mortgage assistance is offered in the form of a no-interest loan which must be paid back. Security Deposit Assistance is also available as a short term loan.




The comprehensive self-sufficiency plan is offered for those recently released individuals to assist with regaining self-sufficiency. Coordination is done with state of Virginia Probation and Parole, OAR and DRS agencies.

Continuing education is coordinated with DRS. Many of the programs, such as computer software training, is very valuable to help people find a job, or gain new employment skills.

A food pantry can also distribute non-perishable canned goods, groceries, and food items. All of this, and more, is stored in the Salvation Army Emergency Services office. Resources are made available to individuals or families in need. Special free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are offered.

Social service advocacy can offer assistance, instruction, and follow-up services in order to help prepare state, federal and local government applications for benefits such as State and Local Hospitalization, Medicaid, FAMIS, Social Security Disability/SSI, and General Relief.

Winter Warmth for Everyone can help collect winter clothes, coats, and provide other resources to help low income families and children stay warm. The Salvation Army of Charlottesville and nearby counties such as Greene and Albemarle work with agencies such as Holy Comforter Soup Kitchen, Terra Bella Cleaners, and churches to collect donated items. People can receive gently used coats, hates, scarves, gloves and more. Homeless and low-income women, men, and children who cannot afford the basics of winter outerwear are the main beneficiaries.

Back to school assistance may be offered to low income families and children. The Salvation Army helps local children, teenagers and students in need by providing them with backpacks, basic school supplies, clothing and even services such as haircuts!





The Center of Hope, or the Transitional Housing Program, assists motivated homeless families in Charlottesville Virginia, Albemarle, and Nelson County make the transition to independent and stable living. It provides services for up to two years, and helps people establish basic living skills and build financial resources.

Other assistance offered includes employment training and job placement, mental health interventions, parent education, and financial counseling. Each resident of the Center of Hope program is provided a one or two bedroom apartment, three meals a day, utilities, furnishings for the apartment, linens, and reduced cost child care.

Phone number to apply to Salvation Army in Charlottesville

The Salvation Army of Charlottesville Virginia has a main office at 207 Ridge Street. Call 434-295-4058 for information or intake.


By Jon McNamara

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