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Henry County assistance programs.

Rent, utility bill and food assistance

Almost $100,000 in federal government funds are being distributed to Henry County and Martinsville, Virginia. The money will be used for providing assistance to those in need of help, including help with rent, utility bill assistance, and food aid. In order to qualify for this emergency assistance program, a person must have received an eviction notice or a utility shutoff notice.

There are many place to go to receive this aid. In addition to The Salvation Army ((276) 638-7259), other agencies or charities that people in a crisis can turn to include the Grace Network ((276) 638-8500), the Henry-Martinsville Social Services department and various other relief agencies throughout Henry County also provide assistance.

Grace Network of Martinsville/Henry is a non-profit that may be able to provide emergency financial assistance and cash grants in the form of financial help with bills, housing, and other aid to residents of both Martinsville Virginia and Henry County. Aid is offered as a last resort, and it is given in an crisis. Call (276)638-8500.

A local government agency which is Henry Martinsville Social Services (phone (276)656-4300). Assistance programs provided include Financial Aid-Utility/Fuel, Medication, Food Pantry/Emergency, and other aid if you call them at (276)656-4300. One of the leading referrals they offer to low income is information on Virginia food pantries and banks.

Henry County Community Action Agency covers a fairly large region around this section of Virginia. Emergency services administer include rent and utility assistance. Applicants for this form of aid will need a  proof of the emergency they are experiencing, such as an eviction notice, utility disconnect, or medical condition. Other programs include Virginia Section 8 housing vouchers, weatherization, emergency food, as well as Head Start. Senior citizen and services for elders are also offered, such as health care and transportation. Call (434) 432-8250





In addition to the resources and services listed above, the Martinsville Salvation Army can provide emergency grants and/or financial assistance with paying water and electric bills, preventing utility disconnects and funds to stop rent evictions. Free food, clothing, and furniture is also offered. Call (276)638-7259.

Southern Area Agency On Aging supports senior citizens, the elderly, and people over the age of 55. Programs can provide emergency financial aid for rent, housing, utilities, heating, cooling bills and more. Senior employment program is also offered as well as food and meal sites. The organization is part of the nationwide area on aging network and can provide all of the resources available to seniors in the local Henry County community. 204 Cleveland Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112. Call (276)-632-6442 for intake.

Victory International Ministries is a food pantry for the region. It is located in Fieldale and can be reached at (276)930-2375. Groceries, holiday meals, fruits, frozen food and more may be distributed.

First Presbyterian Church of Collinsville will offer emergency food boxes. Arrangements can be made with this non-profit to receive food and canned goods equal in value to no more than $25. Telephone (276)-647-8270.

Ridgeway, Community Storehouse is a regional nonprofit organization that is strongly dedicated to the elimination of poverty, low income status and hunger in Southside Virginia. Among other assistance the agency provides boxed grocery items to the needy. 4201 Greensboro Road, Ridgeway, VA 24148. Phone (276)-632-9002 for information.




By Jon McNamara

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