Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Assistance Programs.

Rent and mortgage assistance

The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg and Staunton Virginia provides mortgage and rent help to those in need. They recently received over $50,000 from the United Way that will go into their Emergency Food and Shelter funds. this infusion of cash will assist families and individuals with paying rent and also making mortgage payments. The main goal of these funds is to prevent eviction from stable housing. Eligible recipients need to prove that they are in arrears on their rent or housing payments. Last year they helped dozens of families keep their homes. Call (540) 433-8770.

Another government agency to call is the Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority. This non-profit government agency offers the working poor affordable housing and rent assistance, and help is offered for low income individuals and their families in this part of Rockingham and Harrisonburg Virginia. The government offers Section 8 housing vouchers, and interest individuals can apply for Virginia Section 8 housing vouchers directly at the Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority. Call the government office at (540)434-7386.

Food assistance

Our Community Place is a community center on the north-end of Harrisonburg, VA. They serve a free lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well as a free dinner on Thursday. For directions, please call (540) 638-0329.

There are also several churches and pantries in the region that provide free food, meals, and other goods (such as clothing) to the less fortunate. Most centers will also hold fund raisers and drives in order to raise money and awareness for the needy. Examples of these organizations include First Church of the Nazarene (Harrisonburg VA, dial (540)434-1092) as well as Elkton Area United Services (telephone (540)298-0931). Learn more on other regional food banks and pantries.

Help for utilities in Harrisonburg area

If you are behind on paying energy, heating, or general utility bills, call the Harrisonburg Rockingham County Social Services at (540)574-5100. The government agency and their programs can help low income and qualified households when the federal government LIHEAP or Fuel Assistance or other resources cannot meet the applicants immediate need. Some examples of emergencies that can qualify for emergency aid include lack of heat, if the customers utility cutoff is imminent and inoperable or unsafe heating or cooling equipment. Types of Crisis Assistance provided by Harrisonburg Rockingham County Social Services may include cash grants and some form of payment of utility security deposit, purchase of primary home heating fuel or oil, purchase of portable space heater, payment for emergency shelter or housing aid, payment of primary heat utility bill, replacement of heating equipment and/or provision of supplemental heating equipment/maintenance, or repair of heating equipment. The County Social Services office is also a create resource to call for information on all forms of government assistance or charity help too. Read more public assistance in Virginia.




Rent, utility help, and food in Rockingham and Harrisonburg

Muhlenberg Lutheran Church runs a service known as People Helping People. The location is 281 E Market St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801. The phone number is (540)434-3496. The program focuses on people who are faced with an emergency situation. Assists low income and struggling citizens and can help people address needs and pay for bills including cooling, heating, electric, and prescription medications. This is a crisis church organization that serves families in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City, excluding the town of Elkton. At most $100 can be provided every 6 months for those expenses mentioned above. Some rental assistance may be provided too.

Harrisonburg Salvation Army runs the Energy Share program. This is a Dominion Power of Virginia energy program. It provides grants for paying bills until funds are exhausted. The Energy Share program helps those low income families who need help, regardless of the type of heat used. It is also a program of last resort. The organization also provides fuel assistance through a program funded by the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Energy Assistance program. Last, but not least, the Rockingham County Virginia Salvation Army provides a private, non-profit charitable organization offering housing aid, emergency assistance, shelter, food, counseling, and meals. Click here for energy assistance in Virginia.

Numerous other services are provided by the Salvation Army, and they include basic needs and case management. For example, Rockingham low income families can receive vouchers for clothing, boxes of food or holiday assistance such as toys. Case management will help people gain self-sufficiency and stability. Read Salvation Army Rockingham resources.

AIDS HIV Support Services - AIDS Network is based from James Madison University. Address is 601 University Blvd, Stes 322-324, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Phone (800)648-5302. Provides people living with HIV/AIDS individualized medical case management and referral services to other government programs and community resources. Apply for financial assistance for lab work, money for HIV-related medical visits, and medications. Additional assistance may include emergency utility bill assistance, including electric expenses. All aid is offered as last resort, and only if people have no other options.





A Response to Domestic Violence - As funding allows, the non-profit can assist persons experiencing homelessness. Assistance can help them locate and move into permanent supportive housing in Rockingham County. 129 Franklin Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, (540)434-0295.

Elkton Area United Services administers services such as GED Classes, Treasures for Everyone Thrift Store, Emergency Financial Assistance, Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Holiday Cheer, Back to School, and resources for Senior Citizens. The center is at 218 West Spotswood Trail, Elkton, Virginia 22827, call (540)298-0931.

Harrisonburg, HIP, Mercy House, Inc. – The Homeless Intervention Program is administered. The resource helps clients catch up on overdue rent and mortgage payments. The purpose of the Homeless Intervention Program (HIP), also known as SHARE, is to provide short term financial, rent and housing counseling assistance. Low income families and individuals who are experiencing a financial crisis and are at risk of homelessness can apply.

Other resources, including a thrift store, medications, medical bill assistance, and even free gasoline may be provided by the Mercy House. In addition, other housing programs, such as rapid rehousing, are available for people who are currently homeless. This can provide them with grants for paying a security deposit, case management, and funds for first months rent. Assistance from HIP assistance is intended to facilitate their ability to help people either maintain or obtain permanent housing. 247 N High St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Phone (540)432-1812. Read Mercy House.




Health and dental clinics

Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic – Only the low income and uninsured can use this center. It provides health and dental care to the qualified patients of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Virginia. Patients are seen by volunteer dentists, doctors, or nurses. In addition to the medical and dental care, some prescription medications are also provided for a minimal cost. Dental services are offered for tooth extractions only. If a patient needs more attention, additional dental services are offered through the Shull Dental Voucher Program that allows patients of the clinic the opportunity to receive a variety of other dental services (such as cleanings or checkups) in another local dentist's office. Patients need to meet income guidelines, and bring proof of income, such as a paystub. 25 W Water St., Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, phone number (540)433-5431.

Rockingham County Health Department – The government agency offers comprehensive health care that includes a broad range of treatment and diagnostic services. All of the medical services are intended to help people save money on their bills. Resources are available on an ability to pay basis and target indigent, uninsured and low-income residents of the community. Programs include Communicable Disease Control, Community Health, and Dental Health. Womens care health care encompasses annual exams, birth control, and pap smears. 110 N Mason St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, dial (540)574-5100.


By Jon McNamara

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