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Prince William County assistance programs.

Low income families and struggling individuals in the Prince William County Virginia area can get financial help. Find charities, churches, and non-profits that provide grants or loans. The funds can help with energy bills or rent, buy a box of food, and address other emergency living expenses, such as car repairs, medical bills, or job programs.

Emergency help with bills

Action In Community Through Service (ACTS) is a local non-profit organization that people can turn to for help if they have a short term hardship. They offer several different programs and services to people in need, including the following.

Get assistance with your utility and electric bills. Financial aid is available for individuals and families who have a disconnect notice, and it covers all utilities, such as gas, heating, electric, water, and even sewer bills.

Medical bills and health care assistance can be arranged by the Prince William County community action agency. They can provide discounted or free emergency prescriptions and medicines for individuals who are uninsured or have limited health insurance. Find additional ways to get free prescription medications.

A thrift store is also located on site that can provide clothing and other household items. Some free good may be offered by ACTS as well.

A big focus is on housing as well. Action In Community Through Service offers shelters, emergency rent help, assistance for domestic violence survivors and other housing solutions.

If you are struggling and need help, before coming to the office for assistance, be sure to please call during business hours for questions about eligibility and also for guidance on what information and documentation is necessary for your first visit to the facility. There are also clothes, budgeting and financial education classes, money management and more. The contact number is 703-221-3186. Or read more on assistance from Action In Community Through Service.




Prince William County Social Services – Some energy programs are offered, and the government agency provides and coordinates financial assistance to low-income and elderly households for paying for wood, coal, gas, heat, oil, or electricity bills. They can also help people apply for food stamps, LIHEAP, and other Virginia public assistance.

Residents of Prince William County can explore many other public benefits that are available at Social Services. For example, they operate a Cold Weather Shelter as well as the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center, which can provide referrals to grants for paying rent or local low income apartments. The underemployed can access job training, and case managers also have TANF application. Much more is available. The address is 7987 Ashton Avenue, Suite 200, Manassas, Virginia 20109, (703)792-7500, or continue Prince William County Department of Social Services.

JASA Inc.  - Various services are run. The Resource Center has information on Prince William County area financial assistance for energy bills, rent, and other basic needs. There are details on Toys for Tots, Affordable Housing, Job programs, transportation, and more. Call (571) 306-3066.

Northern Virginia Family Service – Helps the most vulnerable in Prince William County address basic needs. Programs run include Dental Care, Financial Aid for Housing and Utilities, Food Pantry/Emergency, Head Start, Health Care, and Prescription Medication. They also assist with School Readiness, Shelter-Emergency, and Employment as well as Career Services. 10056 Dean, Manassas, Virginia 20110, phone 571.748.2600, or find help from NVFS.





The Prince William community action agency is People Incorporated of Virginia. Case managers from the non-profit strive to help people overcome their challenges, hardships, and exit poverty. Some of the leading assistance programs administered are below.

Early Head Start is for children from low income families up to 3 years old. It offers children from Prince William County with center or home-based education, health care, and their families can sign up for other social services. Children up to age five may qualify for Head Start. It is similar in that it helps prepare the child for education, offers free meals, snacks, health care and more. Parents can also participate in the program from training, adult literacy workshops, and career skills classes.

People Incorporated may offer, or arrange, Affordable Child Care. This is offered at the Child Development Center in Clintwood Virginia. It can include before and after school child care and also summer care.

Homeownership programs include low interest loan packages, housing counseling for eligible families, and even foreclosure prevention from specialists.

The Section 8 Rental Assistance program is a voucher that can be used to help pay the rent in government approved housing or apartments. It is generally for the very low income and families.

Homeless Prevention Program is when the community action agency may offer emergency rental assistance to stop evictions. It will only be short-term financial assistance for various households in Prince William.

Weatherization and home repair and rehabilitation programs are administered by People Incorporated. This includes free home energy audits and home improvements for increased energy efficiency. Specialists and contactors will determine necessary repairs and supervise the improvements. This can also even include Indoor Plumbing and Rehabilitation to ensure homeowners have safe drinking water. Minor Home Repair can assists very low-income households with heating, electrical and even roof repairs. Grants or loans can be offered for these improvements.

The Virginia Adult Workforce Investment Act is offered at One-Stop Career Centers. Staff offer workforce preparation, job placement, and talent development service. Workshops include GED preparation, continuing education and employment placement services. The similar Youth Workforce Investment Act is for residents under the age of 21.





Another option is the Dislocated or Unemployed Worker Program. The goal is to help residents and job seekers upgrade skills, improve job retention, obtain employment, and increase earnings. Employment and other training programs are offered for qualified workers who are now unemployed.

People Incorporated of Virginia can be reached at (276) 623-9000. Case managers from the non-profit can offer those and other services. Read People Incorporated of Virginia financial support.

Volunteers of America in Chesapeake may have emergency homeless prevention and rapid rehousing assistance. This is in addition to low income housing and shelters in Prince William and nearby counties. Some of what may be offered by referrals includes government grants for paying rent, case management, and funds for security deposits. Learn about Volunteers of America Chesapeake assistance programs.

St. Vincent de Paul Society, All Saints Conference – This non-profit charity organization provides help with fuel, utilities and electric bills, mortgage/rent, prescription medication and other forms of occasional additional assistance to those in need. Other needs can be met as well by the churches and volunteers that work with the charity, such as clothing, Christmas meals and free food. They also partner with non-profit organizations and provide referrals. The location supports the entire county as well as northern Virginia. 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA 20110, dial (703)368-2429. Click northern Virginia. St. Vincent.

First AME Church of Manassas – Regardless of background, provides grants and financial assistance for utility cutoff notices and eviction notices. 10313 South Grant Avenue, Manassas, Virginia 20110, telephone (703)361-8791. There are various ministries available, and click more information.

HPP - Homeless Prevention is available across William County. A non-profit known as Family Services partners with SERVE and other agencies to provide emergency financial aid for rent as well as utilitys or security deposits. Clients will also be able to benefit from case management and mediation, if it is decided to be the best solution. Continue Family Service Eviction Prevention.

Salvation Army of Prince William may distribute emergency financial assistance for paying utilities, home heating bills, and they also work with Citizens Energy in the Commonwealth. The non-profit also provides limited groceries and clothing, Christmas assistance, free food, help for seniors, and more. There are also seasonal programs, such Angel Tree at Christmas and free back to school supplies. The address is 4343 Ridgewood Center Dr., Ste. A , Woodbridge, Virginia 22192. Telephone: (703)580-8991 or read more on Prince William County Salvation Army .

Prince William County families that need help around the holidays can find assistance. There are items available including free Christmas toys, Thanksgiving turkeys for an entire household, holiday food baskets, and other presents. Charities process applications and also enroll residents into these services. More on Prince William County Christmas and holiday help.







Catholics for Housing - Offers financial help, mainly loans or funds for paying security deposits. They work with churches, housing counselors, and others on this program. 8139 Triangle Shopping Plaza, Dumfries, VA 22026, dial (703)221-4510.

Francis House can provide utility bill assistance in Prince William County for those facing a disconnection. Other services include prescription medications, referrals, and case management. Address is 2606 Heth Court, Dumfries, Virginia 22026. Call (703)221-6344.

Catholic Charity parishes, churches and services are offered in Prince William County. There are several. They include free medical or dental care from Mother of Mercy. Free food, hot meals, and personal care items are from the Saint Lucy Project. There is also help for immigrants from Migration and Refugee Services, counseling or employment resources and more. Continue with Prince William County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Families can turn to churches and charities for free or low cost clothes and basic needs. Dozens of centers are available in the area. Some provide vouchers or gift cards, others directly pass out a bag of clothing or maybe school supplies to the less fortunate. Find Prince William County clothing closets.

Food assistance

For those who are struggling just to feed their families, the ACTS Food Pantry is also located on a site in the county. It is in the Family Services Center on the right side of ACTS Lane. If you are more fortunate and can donate extra food, please bring all of your donations to the door next to the garage door. The phone number of the food pantry is 703-221-3186.

Manassas Assembly of God may have boxes of groceries or serve free meals. 11500 New Life Way , Bristow, VA 20136. Dial (703)368-2895.

Tabernacle Baptist Church is located at 8275 Barrett Drive in Manassas. Call (703)-368-8610.

Seven Loaves Services may have basic needs. Bags of food, Christmas meals, canned goods, perishable items and more are served. 15 West Washington Street, Middleburg, Virginia 20117. Phone (540)-687-3489.

Baptist Church - Dial (703)-361-2146

Holy Family Catholic Church - Serves food and meals to low income families, children, and the needy in Prince William. (703)-730-1791

Find more food banks in the region. Based on client needs and income criteria, non-profits offer boxes of groceries along with applications to SNAP food stamps. Or inquire into a hot meal, or lunches for seniors. There are also material goods available in Prince Williams, meaning items such as clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts. Read more.

Housing and rent assistance in Prince William

If you are facing an eviction, the federal government funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program may be able to get. This is also administered by the Action In Community Through Service (phone number above). This program offers Manassas and Prince William County families with up to 18 months of rent assistance. The funding is intended for people who have historically had stable job histories, but who may be facing a short term crisis. It is not a charity program.

In addition to receiving funds that can be used for rent, this government funded program can also provide money for utility bills, moving expenses, and even provide credit and debt counseling.

Additional housing programs are available. If you are still struggling with paying for your rent, deposits, or are facing eviction and need access to even more information and housing assistance, you can find additional Manassas non-profit rent assistance.





Clinics and medical care

Prince William Area Free Clinic operates from several non-profits and charities as listed below. The centers provide free or low priced primary medical and adult dental care to indigent and uninsured residents. The locations serve as so called non-urgent community clinics and help patients that are in need of health or dental care and are willing to follow treatment plans outlined by an on site dentist or physician.

  • 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, Virginia 20110, (703)792-6378
  • 4001 Prince William Parkway, Suite 101, Woodbridge, VA, dial (703)792-7321
  • United Methodist Church has a clinic at 1400 G. Street, Woodbridge, Virginia 20110, dial (703)792-7321
  • St. Margaret's Anglican, 13900 Church Hill Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Dial (703)499-9034.


By Jon McNamara

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