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Assistance programs in Emporia, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex, Brunswick, and Greensville.

Get financial help from churches, charities, and Social Services.  Low income single people or families will get assistance with paying their rent, utility bills or a mortgage. There are also free boxes of food from pantries, health care and more. Find financial assistance near you in Brunswick, Emporia, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Surry, and Sussex VA.

Free grant money is combined with free health or dental care from community clinics and school supplies for students. Or they can get counseling, such as free credit repair or credit card debt help. There may also be job support, including free wireless and wi-fi internet access, computers, or even gasoline vouchers. Or find low income housing in Brunswick, furniture, Christmas toys for children and other stuff.

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The Improvement Association is a community action agency that supports those facing poverty, the low income and poor in the area. Resources are available across all counties, including Dinwiddie as well as the City of Emporia Virginia.

  • Homeless prevention services are available. Staff work to prevent evictions and homelessness by providing limited financial or rent assistance (grants or loans). Money is for households who are likely to be evicted or become homeless. The Association may also have information on foreclosure counseling services.
  • Community Action also help low income families get access to high speed internet for work and/or educational needs. There are grants, vouchers, discounts and more offered, and continue with free wireless internet access.
  • The agency is HUD certified as well, so there is a strong focus on housing matters. This ranges from home repairs for seniors to mortgage relief. Clients of the Improvement Association can also learn about loans for paying back rent or mortgage expenses, transitional housing, and section 8 vouchers, among other resources.




  • Several other assistance programs and social services are available. They range from Head Start and Early Childhood development for young children. Or get help in applying for benefits in cities such as Sussex, Emporia or others including SNAP food stamps or cash from tANF.
  • Case managers also work with clients on employment, job search, application for benefits such as free cars to get to work or gas vouchers and adult education.
  • Career development programs are available by the community action agency and partners. There is advice for gig workers, ESL classes, computer coding, and job retraining. Even find tips on starting hobbies for an income.

For more information on programs offered, referrals, and support, call Improvement Association. The address is 1750 East Atlantic Street, Emporia, Virginia 23847. The main phone number is (434) 634-2490, or click more Improvement Association.

Emergency financial assistance for bills or housing

Homeless shelters and transitional housing programs can provide a place to stay and other support. This can include free food, meals, and case management for self-sufficiency services, including in Brunswick or Greensville County VA. Some of the main locations are as follows.

  • Salvation Army in St. Petersburg - 804-861-0561 or 804-732-8449
  • CARES is for Women & Children. They also provide transitional housing to single mothers. Call 804-861-0849
  • Union Mission is in Roanoke Rapids and is for Men. Dial 252-537-3372
  • District 19 Community Services Board has a few locations in the area, including in Emporia. The address is 1101 Greensville County Circle. Telephone number is (434) 348-8900.

There are numerous other shelters and short term units available in the state and nationwide. They hehlp homeless people, those with a substance abuse or addition and the poor. More details and background on transitional housing programs.





For the unemployed and job seekers, they can try the Virginia Employment Commission. The main offices are below. They help people find a job, get free work clothes, or even fix a car or truck for work related transportation.

  • Brunswick/Greensville/Emporia, 1300 Greensville County Cir, Emporia, VA 23847, call (434) 634-2326
  • Sussex/Surry/Dinwiddie, 5240 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell, Virginia 238607, telephone number is (804) 541-6548

Sussex County Housing Office runs the HUD Housing Choice Vouchers program, or Section 8. They can also provide information on affordable, low income housing in Sussex, Surry, Greensville, and Emporia County. This is a rent subsidy for the low income, seniors, and disabled. Find more details on section 8 housing in Virginia.

The Department of Social Services for each county can be a great resource for the low income, the unemployed and less fortunate to contact. The primary social services offices are below.

  • Among other things, the organization processes applications for low income energy bill and fuel assistance programs in Virginia. These government programs can help residents pay for heating and even cooling bills during the summer months. Only a partial payment is made.
  • Utility disconnection prevention is offered. For those households that heat with oil, wood, kerosene, coal, propane/bottled gas, they need to be in danger of losing their primary source of fuel and have a disconnection notice. There is also a Crisis Assistance program.
  • The department can often provide referrals and information on other government benefits as well. Low income households can learn about public assistance such as SNAP food stamps, low income housing, and other state resources.
  • There is also information such as Medicaid applications, home care for senior citizens or the disabled, SSI disability loan applications, and more.
    • Brunswick County Social Service Department. Phone (434) 848-2142. Address is 201 Sharp St # 100, Lawrenceville, VA 23868
    • Greensville/Emporia Social Service Department, dial (434) 634-6576. Address is 1748 E Atlantic St, Emporia, VA 23847.
    • Surry County Social Service Department, call (757) 294-5240. Address is 45 School St, Surry, VA 23883.
    • Sussex County Social Service Department, (434) 246-1068. Location is 20103 Princeton Rd, Sussex, VA 23884.




The Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities covers the counties in question as well. The phone number is (804)732-8449. As funding allows, the agency provides limited amounts of financial assistance in the areas of rent, food, prescription drugs and utilities. The Case Managers from the Social Services Ministry also offer counseling as well as budgeting sessions.

  • However there are other programs for the low income, poor, and less fortunate. Soup kitchens and homeless shelters give free hot meals or housing. There are seasonal programs such as free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, back to school supplies or backpacks, and even free Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Read more about Salvation Army in Virginia.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has resources in the region including Brunswick, Sussex, and other Virginia counties. It is a volunteer driven charity. They can pass out free clothes or give a few dollars to pay a bill in a crisis. Or the low income or poor can get a meal, voucher to pay for a critical prescription drug, counseling or other support. Many churches make up this charity. Read more and find St. Vincent de Paul assistance near you.

District Area Agency on Aging assists low income housing in applying for electric bill help and may have free fans or cooling equipment. When available, free air conditioners will be provided to the low income and elderly only when the household does not have a working air conditioner. They also help senior citizens over the age of 60 apply for government money, Medicare, and homecare services if applicable. Free fans may be passed out as well. Call (804)732-7021.

Alliance for Social Ministry operates in a limited area, such as Dinwiddie. The faith based group can offer free food from an outreach program, a Thanksgiving Meal Package, and there may be emergency funds or government grants for expenses such as utilities. Click here Colonial Heights Ministry.Financial help Emporia, Surry, Sussex, and Brunswick VA area

Free food distribution centers, including pantries and soup kitchens, are in the region. They giveaway groceries, free infant formula, canned food, produce and also serve meals. Many of the charities also help during the holidays, with free Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets or small toys for kids.

  • Jabez Center of Greater Southside - 602 S Hicks St, Lawrenceville, VA 23868. Phone: (434) 637-1234
  • Mission Ministries has various programs, including a free clothing closet and pantry at 352 W Main St, Waverly, VA 23890. The Sussex County charity is at (804) 659-3671
  • Garden of Prayer location is 386 Slagles Lake Rd, Emporia, VA 23847. Phone: (434) 632-1252
  • There are other locations too, and learn where to get a free box of food in VA.

St Richard's Catholic Church is part of catholic Charities. Limited financial help as well as Christmas gifts, food, meals and clothes are from 117 Laurel St, Emporia, VA 23847. Call (434) 636-6277

Free medical or dental care in the region

Most of these centers offer the uninsured and low income medical care on a sliding fee scale. So this means that patients will be charged only what they can afford to pay. They also help patients on Medicaid, give free eye exam or dental cleanings and more. Mental health is arranged too, and find a low income psychiatrist.

Southern Dominion Health Systems, Dinwiddie Medical Center offers comprehensive, primary health care to families and individuals in need of its services. Some of the free medical care includes primary gynecology, infant and child care, adolescent medicine, or OBGYN. There is telehealth, STD checks, geriatrics, preventive health care, minor surgery, dental assistance, counseling and even behavioral services. Location is 13855 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia 23841. Call (804)-469-3731 for information.







Emporia Medical Center/SDHS Women's Care, Southern Dominion Health Systems. The free or income based health center is at 510 N Main St, Emporia, VA 23847.  Call (434)-634-7723

Southside Community Health Center is a local, nonprofit medical practice that offers comprehensive, affordable, and high quality dental, medical and pharmacy services. The clinic accepts most insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare but also provides assistance on a sliding fee scale. Dial (434)949-7211.


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