Assistance programs in Greene, Madison, and Orange Virginia.

Get information on various financial assistance programs, how to get help with bills, and government support. Many options are available for the low income, working poor, unemployed, and others who need help. Find programs for paying rent, debt and foreclosure counseling, energy bills, and much more.

Help for energy bills and weatherization programs

Greene County Social Services - If you are faced with an emergency and have no other options, or have used up all other options, then this program may be for you. Some of the emergencies that may be covered by this program include get help for lack of heat or lack of way to pay a cooling bill, if a utility cut-off is imminent then assistance may be available, and get help if you have inoperable or unsafe heating equipment. A Crisis Assistance service is also provided, and may include cash for the payment of utility security deposit,  purchase of primary home heating fuel, funds for the purchase of portable space heater or air conditioner, free fans for the summer, payment for emergency shelter, payment of primary heat utility bill, repair or replacement of heating equipment, and/or provision of supplemental heating equipment/maintenance. Dial (434)985-5246

Weatherization programs are offered by Community Energy Conservation Program. Get energy conserving updates for the homes of low-income clients, including heating or air conditioning system repair or replacement for residents of the counties of Greene, Madison, and Orange.  Call (434)293-3777.




Rent, energy and housing assistance in Greene, Madison, and Orange Counties

If you need help with paying rent or are facing an eviction, Mercy House, Inc. runs the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. Funds are available to help individuals and families who are struggling with paying their rent, or if they are already homeless. Get access to short-term, temporary crisis assistance. Resources can help with rent, utility bills, first months rent, and security deposits, among other aid. Dial (540)432-1812, or find Mercy House assistance programs.

G.R.A.C.E. of Stanardsville Baptist Church offers emergency financial assistance for people who need help. Call (434)985-6792. May have money for rent and/or utility bills and food.





Salvation Army Madison - The non-profit provides support services, counseling, guidance and offers financial assistance to families or individuals with sudden emergencies. Programs include help for utilities, rent, holiday expenses and meals, prescriptions, and more. Madison Virginia. (540)948-5521

Regional Thanksgiving and Christmas programs start up in September or so. They not only provide food or serve hot holiday meals to the poor and homeless, but kids can also register for free Christmas toys, stocking stuffers, and households may even be given a tree for their home. The main service is Toys for Tots. Learn more.

Financial help from Skyline Community Action Partnership

This non-profit is the local community action agency for the region. The organization can provide some short term financial assistance, while at the same time offer counseling and advice to ensure long term self-sufficiency. The organization provides emergency financial aid and support for individuals and families who are in a financial crisis.

The agency offers assistance with providing transportation and paying for medical expenses, and financial aid and grants past due utility or rent/mortgage payments and food, when an unexpected crisis or emergency situation occurs. Assistance is limited to a specific amount (usually no more than $200 per year) and is offered in conjunction with budget and debt counseling, short-term case management and referrals to other local charities and government programs are made where applicable.

Housing resources from Skyline CAP also include the state of Virginia homeless prevention programs as well as section 8 housing. They can either provide grants for paying rent or a voucher as a form of subsidy, and some families in Orange and Madison County can also get help with a security deposit. The federal government HUD section 8 resource is also administered, and this offers low income apartments to the low income. (More on Virginia section 8).




Another service can offer counseling to homeowners so they can avoid mortgage foreclosure and also get assistance in resolving landlord/tenant questions and fair housing questions.

The agency is located in Stanardsville Virginia. Call (434)985-6066, or read Skyline Community Action Agency.

Health care from clinics

Greene Care Clinic, which is located in Stanardsville, offers free or low cost medical care to low to moderate income individuals and families who live in Greene County Virginia that do not have health insurance and are not covered by government insurance such as Medicaid. Click here for more information on clinics, or call (434)985-7000

Patients with no or limited insurance, and who are considered low income, can contact the Madison Free Clinic. The community clinic provides dental and medical care and free services to the under insured as well as uninsured residents of Madison County Virginia that fall below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level guidelines. No one is turned away and all people can qualify for health care. (540)948-3667

Another option is the Orange County Free Clinic, Inc., which is another location that can offer free medical care and prescription medications for uninsured or under-insured residents. Dental care is no longer offered. Call (540) 672-0793

Food banks in the community

Get a listing of where to turn to for free food. Or learn more on Virginia food banks and pantries.

Love Outreach Food Pantry, Inc. is a site that provides supplemental and emergency food and groceries for needy families in Orange County Virginia. (540)672-3544





Get a meal and free emergency food from Feed My Sheep ((540)832-3368) of Gordonsville.

Caring Friends Food Pantry Madison County is a food pantry for the needy. Dial (540)948-6028

G.R.A.C.E. Stanardsville Baptist provides both groceries and household items. (434)985-8000

Word of Deliverance & Helps Ministries can offer both food and clothing. (540)832-5460


By Jon McNamara

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