Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Franklin, Southampton and Isle of Wright assistance programs.

Non-profits for financial help, including utilities and rent

Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project (STOP) is the community action agency. They provide coverage and referrals across the area. Case managers from the site work with low income clients and help them overcome their challenges and get back on track with a stable financial condition.

STOP provides activities, programs, social services, and needed referrals for the socio-economic upgrading of low-income families. The non-profit and its staff also serves as a crisis outreach site, providing emergency rent, food, utility bill payments, shelter, and other needed services on short notice. Other resources may be Head Start applications and information on government sponsored job training programs. 2551 Almeda Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23513, dial (757)858-1360, or click here.

Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition is a place to turn to if faced with an eviction or utility disconnection. The center may have grants for paying rent or utility bills for people of the city. Several grant based programs are provided from PARC as well as referrals. Call (757)397-5208, or more on Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition.

The Salvation Army has numerous offices and centers in the region. They provide assistance, as resources allow, to counties and cities such as Southampton, Norfolk, Franklin and others. While the non-profit does its best to meet the demands of the low income and working poor, unfortunately only a fraction of requests are normally able to be fulfilled. The resources offered include some of the following.

Homeless prevention for people with an eviction notice or warrant for rent. In some cases mortgage help is offered in Virginia for a foreclosure notice. Qualified clients may be provided with a one-month or a partial month payment to prevent homelessness.

They may also provide financial assistance programs that include groceries, food, rent, transitional housing and utilities. Centers may have free bread, donuts, water, and fruit are offered daily as available on a walk in basis.

Some locations also process applications for the H2O water assistance program. This is funded through the public utility companies of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Seasonal resources from the Salvation Army can be holiday meals or back to school supplies. All funding is very limited.




  • Portsmouth Corps, 2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, Virginia 23701, (757)393-2519
  • Salvation Army-Suffolk and Western Tidewater, 400 Bank Street , Suffolk, VA 23434, dial (757)539-5201
  • 510 North Main Street, Franklin, VA 23851, (757)516-2636
  • 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502, call (757)543-8100

Franklin Cooperative Ministry - As funding allows, the charity offers financial assistance or grants to the disadvantaged. The funds can be used for utilities, housing costs, prescriptions, dental care, clothing, security deposits and other crisis aid. Address is 301 West First Avenue.

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia may occasionally have government funding from FEMA. They support many counties. They offer direct financial aid. Funds may be in the form of a loan and can meet needs such as payment of different types of utility bills, including electricity, water or natural gas. Also payment of rent is offered to those that are otherwise self-sufficient. (757)456-2366.

Ghent Area Ministry - Has material and financial assistance for individuals who are homeless, very low income or in financial need. The Freemason Street Baptist has partnered with other churches in the Ghent region to distribute food, limited financial assistance and housing referrals for those in danger of eviction or utilities cut-off. There is also emergency travel assistance, and/or free winter coats. 1301 Colonial Avenue , Norfolk, Virginia 23517, call (757)622-0438

Portsmouth Oasis Social Ministry tries to ensure all residents have access to food and social services. There may also be a limited amount of money for bills or rent in a crisis. The HUM Center provides Christmas and holiday support, free hot meals, and more. There is also a thrift store on site as well. Find more information on Oasis Social Ministry.

Norfolk Department of Human Services serves as a main contact point for families facing eviction or that are currently homeless. Assistance available includes connection to appropriate service providers, screening for placement into local shelters, and applications for eviction prevention resources. 741 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23505, or click here more information.

Little Creek Fleet and Family Support Center supports veterans and military families. Programs include relocation assistance, personal financial management, information and referral, military life skills education, transition assistance and more.




Department of Social Services for each county and town offer aid. A focus is on energy and utility bill assistance, however other support is offered too. The Cooling program assists with payments of electric and air conditioning bills during the summer months. The departments also provides financial assistance to households during emergencies, such as when running out of fuel or lack of heat. Other information from a center can include food stamps, support for disability applications and other aid. Find more Virginia public assistance programs.

  • Isle of Wight County, 17100 Monument Circle, Isle Of Wight, Virginia 23397
  • Southampton County, 26022 Administration Center Drive, Courtland, VA 23837, phone (757)653-3080
  • Norfolk Department of Human Services, 201 East Little Creek Road, phone (757)664-6035
  • Franklin Department of Social Services can be called at (757)562-8520
  • Suffolk Social Services is located at 135 Hall Avenue, Suffolk, Virginia 23434. Phone (757)514-7450
  • 1701 High Street in Portsmouth. Main number is (757)405-1800

Emergency homeless prevention services can assist those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure. There may be government grants for making a partial rent payment, information on shelters, help for security deposits, or housing counseling. The goal of social services is to keep the family housing, regardless of age, whether disability or not, or other circumstances. Click more information.

Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts are available in eastern Virginia. Programs such as Adopt a Family operate in the region, including Norfolk. There may be everything from free toys to gift cards and food baskets for less fortunate families. Read more holiday programs in eastern Virginia.

Regional food pantries

Wesley Community Service Center, 1701 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704, (757)399-0541. The center passes out groceries, canned goods, and other items in partnership with the Foodbank.

Shekinah Glory International - Phone (757)961-3444

Open Door Chapel at Virginia Beach is an option. Phone (757)340-1441

Freedom Fellowship is based at 836 Regency Drive in Virginia Beach. Call the pantry at (757)428-3277 for hours and information.

FOTE Outreach and Community Development Program can be contacted at (757)431-0052.

Episcopal Church of the Advent provides a free food pantry for the Ocean View area in the City of Norfolk. Location is 9629 Norfolk Avenue, (757)587-0125





Grace and Hope Mission, 2800 Lafayette Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23509, (757)855-7175

Union Mission Ministries - The non-profit may have clothing, groceries, low cost furniture and other goods. Meals and winter coats may be offered to as well for people facing a crisis. (757)627-8686

Saint Columba Ecumenical Ministries is based in Norfolk at 2114 Lafayette Boulevard. For those referred families and low income individuals, they are provided with enough food for three days. Call (757)627-6748.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension helps the needy in Norfolk. Telephone - (757)423-6715.

Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church Pantry - (757)622-4487

For families that live in Norfolk, they can locate several food pantries and/or soup kitchens that focus just on their area. Based on donation levels and other factors, applicants can be provided with groceries, baby formula, and fresh fruits. Other basic needs can be met by them too, such as holiday toys or clothing for work. Find Norfolk City food pantries.

Community clinics and medical care

Western Tidewater Free Clinic - Coordinates non-emergency health care for the poor, uninsured, and those who can't otherwise pay their medical bills. They only support Western Tidewater. 2019 Meade Parkway, Suffolk, Virginia 23434, call (757)923-1060.

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System covers Hampton Roads. The non-profit clinic provides general medical care to uninsured adults and children over the age of 12. Get treatment for headaches, ear aches, and pink eye, infections, chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. (757)889-2273

Hampton Roads Community Health Center has a few locations. They offer comprehensive medical care on a sliding fee scale. Examples of services are flu and pneumonia vaccines, prescriptions for medicine, diabetes and blood pressure checks, pediatric services, hypertension, X-Rays and other care.

  • 3415 Granby Street in Norfolk. Call (757)533-9108.
  • 664 Lincoln Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704, (757)393-6363.

HOPES Clinic at Eastern Virginia Medical School - Offers free offers physical exams and follow-up care for diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and even heart disease. (757)446-0333.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital can support patients that are either uninsured or under insured. Basic outpatient medical care is for residents of the City of Norfolk, including referrals to specialized services. Click more medical assistance programs. Address is 130 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510. Call (757)388-3000

Southeastern Virginia Health System Clinic in Suffolk - Telephone (757)925-1866.


By Jon McNamara

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