Henrico County assistance programs.

Every year thousands of Richmond Virginia area families, as well as those from Henrico County, get financial help, assistance with budgeting, or free items for their home. The main charities, churches, and government organizations that may provide help with utility bills, rent or access to low income housing, or free food or clothes are below. Find how to apply for financial aid and case management below in Henrico County.

Central Virginia Legal Aid society

This organization provides free legal advice and counseling. Their service area covers the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, and the entire county of Henrico. Legal Aid provides low and moderate income people with free legal assistance and representation in civil matters. They handle cases involving foreclosure, housing, evictions, divorce, custody, spousal, adoptions, consumer debt and counseling, public benefits/welfare, food stamps, government programs such as Medicaid, debt collectors, social security, elderly, unemployment compensation, rights of the handicapped and wills. (804) 648-1012. Find other free legal programs.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities

This charity organization offers emergency assistance and vital human services to all people, especially the low income and the most vulnerable, regardless of faith. Catholic Charities will assist families and individuals with a variety of programs, resources, and services. Some of what they offer includes debt management, rent assistance, adoption, therapeutic foster care, or emergency food and financial assistance.

Other support is also arranged by the Catholic Church groups. It includes pregnancy counseling,  mental health counseling, grants for paying energy bills, home care for the elderly and disabled, guardianship services, referrals to other government programs, assistance for the deaf and hard of hearing, services for refugee minors, domestic violence programs and services for the homeless and those facing an eviction. (804) 285-5900.





Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP)

This is the local community action agency, and they offer several programs and services.

  • The Cars-to-Work Program - Provides low and moderate income people with donated cars to help them find a job, or commute to their job. The donated cars go to individuals and families persons who have formerly lost a job, been on welfare and have secured employment, insurance, and a driving license.
  • Emergency Services - This will help low and moderate income Henrico County and Richmond area residents with paying their rent and mortgage assistance, utility bill assistance, medical assistance and prescription medications, emergency food and clothing, transportation, firewood, heating oil, and other services necessary to prevent homelessness, hunger, suffering, or loss of employment. Find other programs that can provide foreclosure assistance.
  • Employment Assistance Program - This resource works closely with individuals in the City of Richmond and Petersburg. It will assist with training, job placement, career development, training referrals and job maintenance. Clients of the Employment Assistance program will benefit from mock interviews, job placement, resume critique, and work etiquette training.
  • Housing - Contact the Richmond Virginia community action agency to learn about emergency funding that can be used to pay rent, security deposits or housing expenses. They can also help a tenant deal with a landlord trying to evict them.

The Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP) can be reached at (804) 788-0050. Read more CAP UP assistance  programs.

Salvation Army Family Services Assistance Program

This will assists families and individuals in Richmond and Henrico County with basic human needs. They focus on a few specific areas including rent, housing expenses, utilities, food aid, and clothing. The assistance program will also provide financial assistance, including mortgage and rent assistance, food, household items, seasonal assistance (such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.), and clothing vouchers. (804) 225-7470. Find additional mortgage and foreclosure programs.





The Henrico County Salvation Army offers other support for the low income, with a focus on those facing a crisis. In addition to the resources listed above, a few dozen other emergency assistance programs are available, some by referral. Read more Richmond Salvation Army emergency assistance.

Free health care from Fan Free Clinic

Free health care and medical services are offered at the health care clinic. Programs are provided through multiple day and evening clinic sessions each week. Over 10,000 people receive health care services every year. Some of the services offered include general medicine, prescription medications, gynecology, pediatrics, primary care, and family planning. Medical services are provided free of charge by volunteer doctors, medical professionals, nurses, and others who are also assisted by community volunteers and support personnel. (804) 358-6343

Henrico County emergency financial assistance

Eastern Henrico FISH Inc. offers short-term emergency and crisis services for paying bills and making it through the days. Services offered by this charity and that are provided include emergency food, financial assistance for bills and expenses, and clothing. Dial (804)257-7730 to get more information on this Richmond and regional church based group. Or read Eastern Henrico FISH emergency aid.

Church Hill Christian Wellness Center (phone (804)780-0053) provide fuel and heating bill assistance for people in Richmond who need who have either exhausted or do not qualify for federal or state of Virginia assistance programs.

Richmond Virginia based Interfaith Services of Henrico is another place that offers assistance programs and they serve the greater Henrico community. The charity offers many resources, and they assist by providing emergency financial assistance and cash grants to those in need.

Based on funding levels, financial help from Interfaith may be available in emergency cases for paying energy bills, prescription medications, utilities, and even housing and rent costs. For assistance from their offerings, client must have an eviction notice, and/or doctor's statement, or a disconnection notice for utility service. Dial (804)501-5294, or more Interfaith Services assistance programs.

Cash assistance - The County administers a number of government and public benefit programs for the low income, seniors, and disadvantaged. Several different resources may be offered, some examples of which are below.




  • Christmas and holiday assistance - Includes toys, gifts, meals, and other items.
  • Utility bill assistance - Money for paying heating and cooling bills, as well as fans for summer heat.
  • Food - This includes applications for programs such as SNAP food stamps.
  • Health care - The local Henrico County offices provides medical care such as Medicaid, indigent health care, free prescription medications, and more.
  • TANF and cash grants for basic living expenses.
  • Emergency rental assistance - Funds are offered for people in the Richmond area who are faced with a crisis, or those with a newborn baby or senior living with them.
  • Click here for the address and phone number.

Richmond, Virginia Department of Social Services – Runs an emergency assistance program. It can help low income households with utility and electric bill costs. Components of the social service program include:

  • Crisis Assistance - Helps and can provide emergency assistance for paying bills when other resources don't meet the need.
  • Fuel Assistance - Helps with the cost of paying home heating and cooling bills.
  • Cooling Assistance – If you are faced with extreme heat may help with air conditioning or cooling bills.
  • Weatherization Assistance – Save money on energy bills from free energy efficiency and air infiltration programs.

801 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, call (804)726-7000

Henrico County Churches - Several locations across the region work with and are part of Catholic Charities. They offer several emergency financial assistance programs, however a focus is on credit counseling and housing issues. Work with a specialist in improving your financial condition. Some funds or grants can also be paid out for rent, utility bills, food, or more. Click here Catholic Charities in Richmond.

The Capital Area Agency on Aging Richmond - Senior Connections - Persons who are age 60 or older who are facing temporary financial crisis may qualify for limited financial assistance. Richmond, Virginia 23219, call (804)343-3000

Transitional housing and emergency shelters in Richmond and Henrico County can help those facing eviction and the homeless. Qualified residents can find an apartment or home to live in. Case managers will also work with the family to help them find a job, locate permanent housing, and maybe apply for emergency deposit or rent programs. More on transitional housing assistance in Henrico County.





Henrico County Social Services – Government runs the Cooling Bill Assistance Program, which helps eligible households with their cooling bills and needs. Provides cash payments to fuel vendors and utility companies for qualifying emergency repairs to cooling or heating equipment.

There are several other programs run as well. Some of them include subsidized and low priced day care, TANF cash assistance, SSDI application and Medicaid. Social Services can also help with housing needs in Henrico County, including information on low income apartments and emergency rental or eviction prevention programs. 8600 Dixon Powers Dr., Henrico, Virginia 23273, or more on Henrico County social services.

Free clothes and household goods are offered from non-profits such as clothing closets. The centers are located across the greater Richmond region and can provide low income families and children with school supplies, work clothes and school uniforms. More moderate income people will often buy low cost goods at Henrico County thrift stores. Read more.

Saint Joseph's Villa runs the Flagler Housing & Homeless Services program. This includes rapid rehousing, help with finding a new home in Henrico, employment training, budgeting, security deposit assistance, and landlord/tenant education. Follow up is provided too along with possibility of rent assistance. 8000 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227, (804)553-3258.

Henrico County HPRP - This is the state and federal government funded homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. It addresses housing needs, whether late rent or utility bills along with foreclosures too. Human services and charities provide grants and other support to families living in poverty or that have an emergency. Learn more.

Funds for rent and housing are available in Henrico County. A focus is on tenants with an eviction notice that are facing a one time crisis, and agencies may issue loans or other forms of assistance for back rent and paying housing costs. Legal aid and mediation will also be arranged. In addition, get information on Richmond Virginia rental assistance agencies.

East District Family Resource Center provides energy bill payment assistance for families and individuals in the DPU service territory. 2405 Jefferson Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23223, dial (804)644-4496 for intake.

Richmond and central Virginia area charities offer Christmas and holiday help. Several charities partner together, including the Salvation Army, to provide free gifts, toys, and meals to the less fortunate. Find information on the application process, and learn more on Henrico County Christmas and holiday assistance.

Food assistance in Henrico County

Freedom House - This non-profit charity organization offers anyone who needs help in the community free food, school or work clothing, diapers, and baby formula, among other resources. If they run out of supplies, or if you need additional help, they can also refer individuals to other local organizations. Dial (804)225-1853 for information.

There are additional non-profit and church based food bank locations in the region. Assistance ranges from a free Christmas or holiday meal to emergency boxes of groceries. Some of the centers are also application sites for public benefits, such as state of Virginia food stamps. Find more Henrico and Richmond food pantries.





Rent help and eviction prevention

Commonwealth Catholic Charities provides help including Case/Care Management, Debt Counseling-Financial, Counseling-Housing, Financial Aid-Housing, Foreclosure Advice, Financial Aid-Utility/Fuel, Homeless Services, Homelessness and Eviction Prevention, and Legal Advice/Representation. Dial (804)285-5986. Learn more about debt assistance programs, including credit hard hardship programs.

By Jon McNamara

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