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Find churches, charities, and government assistance from DHS that help low-income families in Chesapeake Virginia. Emergency financial aid in the form of free grants can be used to help pay bills or housing costs, including rent or utilities. There are also free food boxes from pantries, healthcare from clinics, and back to school supplies for students among other resources.

Some free items, or financial assistance, is for a crisis. Others is for long term needs. As emergency help with rent can be combined with case management or job programs. Or locate free hot meal programs and Christmas gifts from charities below.

Social service programs and assistance for bills

Volunteers of America Chesapeake helps thousands of people each and every year. The non-profit agency offers numerous services and resources. A summary of the programs and services they offer to qualified individuals includes:

  • Housing, rent, and eviction prevention advice and support
  • Senior and elderly programs
  • Community Corrections
  • Homeless programs and shelters
  • Referrals to other agencies and charities

Dial (301) 459-2020 to learn more information or learn how to apply for aid.

The Urban League of Hampton Roads can help people find a job, develop their careers, and increase their income. There is also general case management, such as free counseling to stop a foreclosure or help with credit repair. An unemployed person can work one on one with a specialist who can provide them with job finding strategies and advice. Also gain access to a computer lab or other services. 757-226-7589

The Salvation Army Tidewater Command is available to service individuals and families who need help. They offer a wide variety of services and programs. If someone has a need and they do not offer the help, then they can also refer people to an agency or government program that may satisfy the persons need. A sampling of the assistance programs offered includes:




  • Senior programs - Offer programs for older residents, including visitations, transportation, and counseling.
  • Help for bills, rent and housing aid - The Chesapeake Salvation Army also provides help for paying rent, mortgage assistance, funds for utility bill assistance, food supplements, groceries, free clothing, and counseling. Click here to learn more on Virginia mortgage assistance programs.
  • Holiday programs - Get free meals for the holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, they may be able to provide gifts for the holidays including from Angel Tree or Adopt a Family.
  • The Chesapeake Virginia Salvation Army also runs a number of rent grants programs, operates a homeless shelters and partners with charities.
  • Students from local schools - If the income is low enough, get free back to school supplies, notebooks, laptops, uniforms, pens, pencils and more.

Call the Chesapeake Salvation Army at 757-543-8100. The faith based charity covers a wide region. More on assistance from Chesapeake Virginia Salvation Army.

Another agency that can help Chesapeake Virginia families and individuals is the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project, Inc.  This is the local community action agency and they offer residents a wide variety of assistance programs. Some of the programs offer people financial assistance and cash grants, while others are tailored towards helping people become self-sufficient over the long term. Call the agency at (757) 858-1360.

  • Some of the programs they offer can help people with their housing needs. For example, get access to Weatherization, an indoor plumbing program, foreclosure counseling, and emergency home repair. They can even provide foreclosure help and access to low interest loans and other government programs for first time home buyers.
  • Housing is also a focus of the Chesapeake Community Action Agency. There is funds for rent, mortgages or utility bills (among others costs). This can be issued in a crisis too. More on emergency help with rent.
  • In addition, the community action agency can also offer a crisis intervention program. This program is extensive, and it offer qualified individuals everything from help with utility bills, to emergency funds for paying rent and mortgages, up through bus tickets and gasoline vouchers. Also receive access to employment counseling and services that can help people find a job.





Other services from STOP include free tax preparation for low income families as part of VITA. They also offer job training in partnership with the Department of Social Service and other public benefits, such as SNAP food stamps applications. Referrals and general case management can be provided too. More on resources from STOP.

Short term housing programs, including homeless shelters and transitional apartments, are located across Chesapeake Virginia. The homeless and people facing eviction are primary beneficiaries. Hundreds of families receive help every year. Read Chesapeake transitional housing programs.

Oaklette United Methodist Church provides limited amounts of assistance. The charity has a  a Food Pantry for zip codes 23320, 23324, 23325, 23464, 23523. There may also be food boxes at Christmas. The address is 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23325. Call (757)-545-7434, or read more on help from Oaklette United Methodist Church.

Social services and a homeless coalition provide emergency rental assistance and case management to individuals facing eviction. For someone that is currently homeless, shelters and maybe even short term loans may be provided for paying a security deposit. A Housing Counselor from Chesapeake will meet with the applicant to review any options for financial aid. More on homeless prevention in Hampton Roads region.

Chesapeake County Department of Human Services offers many of the state of Virginia and federal government benefits. They include food stamps, TANF cash assistance, and more. One of the main programs available is LIHEAP, or low income energy assistance. This includes weatherization (for conservation), fuel assistance to help with heating bills, summer cooling programs, and also crisis programs for families facing a disconnection of their utilities.

They also administer the state of Virginia emergency eviction prevention program, which can, among other things provide a no interest loan for rent. There are also Medicaid applications as well as support in applying for SSI disability. (757)-382-2000, or learn more on the Chesapeake public assistance and social services.

Find programs for paying rent or security deposits in the Chesapeake region. A combination of government grants are used, such as from ESG, as well as private donations to help stop evictions, pay back rent expenses, and even assist the homeless in Chesapeake with a security deposit. Read more on help with rent in Chesapeake region.

Emergency water bill assistance may be offered as a last resort to customers facing a crisis. The help is usually offered in the form of a payment plan and it is for Chesapeake residents with an unexpected emergency and that usually paid their bills on time in the past. Read Chesapeake water bill programs.

Chesapeake Care Clinic offer free primary health and dental care to uninsured citizens. Examples of services provided include pelvic exams, routine physicals, skin care, asthma and self-care. The Chesapeake Care community clinic will provide medical care services to individuals with inadequate income or unemployed individuals. They need to be low income or can’t qualify for other health insurance or assistance programs. 2145 South Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Dial (757)545-5700 for an appointment or details.

Additional non-profits and hospitals may offer free medical care, medications, or basic dental. Some are federally funded, others are run by volunteers. A major focus is to help patients with no health insurance (or limited coverage), who also have a low income. Children, adults, disabled, the elderly and others can get free or affordable care. More on free clinics near you with no insurance policies.







Free Christmas toys and holiday meals may be provided to low income Chesapeake families. Charities receive donated clothes, games, and more to provide to children. Food baskets as the holidays may also be passed out to the working poor. Click more information on free holiday help in Hampton Roads and Chesapeake.

House Of Blessing: Harvest Assembly is at 525 Kempsville Rd. in Chesapeake, Virginia 23320. The chrch may offer funds for electric bills or rent. There is also referrals, including to regional shelters as well as transitional housing programs. Call 757-547-9341.

Food assistance and free pantries

Impact Food Ministry is located at 600 Happy Acres Road. Call (757)487-9503

Deep Creek Baptist Church Pastoral Care may offer clothing, free boxes of groceries, and holiday meals. 250 Mill Creek Parkway, Chesapeake, Virginia 23323. Call (757)487-2182.

Harvest Assembly of God operates a low cost or free food pantry in the city of Chesapeake. While not as common, financial assistance may be provided too for basic needs. (757)547-9341

Oaklette United Methodist Church is a food bank that people can turn to at most 6 times per year. Dial (757)545-7434 for intake.

There are other charities, non-profits, and places to go for free food or hot meals. Several free food pantries and government programs help feed the needy in Chesapeake. They can also help with applications to government benefits. More on free food pantries Chesapeake VA.


By Jon McNamara

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