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Franklin County Virginia assistance programs.

Get help with bills, rent, and housing

The Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project, Inc. (The Stop Organization) is a community organization that has a goal of providing short term relief and assistance, while at the same time help low income individuals and families become self-sufficient. Several assistance programs and areas have been identified for primary help, including housing, employment, education, emergency services, nutrition, child care services, and energy bill assistance. They operate in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Franklin, and Isle of Wright areas. The main office is located at 2551 Almeda Avenue in Norfolk.

The Stop Organization offers residents several programs.

They include housing counseling and assistance. STOP will help and offer homeowners and renters with counseling on budgeting, credit, debt management, credit card assistance, mortgage default and foreclosure assistance, prevent evictions, and more.

Weatherization is offered to low and mid income families. This program helps people save on their energy bills, and consists of reducing air leakage, adding insulation, wrapping water heaters and venting attics. The program is free if you meet the criteria.

Home repairs are offered. It will assist homeowners with needed repairs to make their homes safe and improve living conditions.

They also have an indoor plumbing (IP/R) program. This was created to provide housing rehabilitation assistance and complete, updated indoor plumbing for both low and moderate income homeowners and families.

This is just a sampling. Contact the Stop organization for more information on these or any other programs.





Another place to call for help is Rocky Mount Virginia based STEP, which stands for Support to Eliminate Poverty Inc. Call them at (540)483-5142. The non-profit agency provides one-time emergency rental and housing assistance to families or individuals to help them pay rent, and they also run a local on site emergency shelter if a family has no other options.

Helping Hands of Franklin County Virginia may be able to assists individuals with addressing with financial emergencies. Financial assistance and grants may help with paying electricity and addressing termination notices; offer mortgage payments, heating fuel and oil, free food; medical/dental/prescription; rental assistance programs, motel for homeless (temporary); gasoline to go to work or medical appointment; and funds for paying other miscellaneous expenses. Call (540)483-2387

Franklin County Catholic Charities runs a number of services for the low income and needy. Some basic needs such as clothing, diapers, and emergency financial aid for utilities and housing costs may be available. However the focus is on solving the cause of poverty and advocating on behalf of clients. Learn about their debt reduction services, job training, food, thrift stores and other resources. Social workers will help the low income overcome any hardships. Click here.

Emergency and free food pantries

There are a few places to turn to. Note each of them, such as Tabernacle of Praise in Rocky Mount, have limited hours. But the programs can help feed a family, deliver a meal to a senior, and provide other support services.

What may be offered includes a box of groceries, Christmas meal (or small gifts), winter clothing from thrift stores, and more. Generally the food is more available than other supplies. But a food bank may have multiple ways to assist. More on Franklin County food banks.



By Jon McNamara

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