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Smyth County assistance programs.

Financial help in Smyth County is available for paying rental costs, energy bills, housing, and more. Find free food from pantries, job programs, debt or credit counseling, and other support. The financial aid may be offered by churches (which often have free items), charities, or even regional non-profits.

Find rental assistance and help with other bills

Residents can receive short term rent help and support from the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence Inc. (HOPE) organization. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal government are usually issued to the region, as well as Smyth County, as part of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. HOPE will often get a portion of this money and can provide grants to low income residents. Or they have referrals.

  • The federal government money will be used to help families and individuals who are renters who are struggling with their rent, facing eviction, or are close to being homeless to keep their homes. These additional resources will help them stay in their homes.
    The primary mission of HOPE’s is to improve the housing conditions of local residents, and reduces factors that are contributing to poverty in Southwest Virginia. The organization seeks to enable lower income and disadvantaged families find achieve solutions for staying in their homes and also sustain affordable housing.
    The office is located in Wytheville, and HOPE covers the Virginia jurisdictions of Wytheville and Wythe County, Carroll County, Smyth County, Bland County and Galax. Find other Virginia HUD foreclosure/housing agencies.
    There are some condition to getting assistance. Eligible families for the program need to be at or below 50 percent of the area median income and the family must be facing eviction, must be either currently homeless or at-risk of losing their homes. The assistance is forever either, and the family must be recertified every three months to continue receiving rent help.

Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence also offers many other resources. They are a regional non-profit that offers grants, low cost loans, case management and more. They can also offer other financial aid, such as utility bill assistance, mortgage payments, and help with security deposits. HOPE is located at 680 W. Main Street in Wytheville, Virginia. Call (276) 228-6280




Marion Outreach Services (call (276)783-7337) is another option for the low income. Churches and other charities and non-profits can refer people to this facility. Among services and resources include emergency fund that can provide limited financial assistance with covering certain expenses such as medicine, utilities, health care and medical bills, transportation, heating oil, household bills, food, clothing, cooling bills, and household goods and products, all of which are given to those who are income eligible.

An agency that provides a number of solutions is Smyth County Social Services. Located in Wytheville Virginia. But the agency provides more than foreclosure and housing help. The non-profit agency has a number of counselors who are providing free counseling, financial crisis assistance, referrals to government assistance (both federal and Virginia) and more.

For example, access resources such as assistance to Needy Families, Government Food Stamps, Medicaid, Health Care, and State Local hospitalizations. Social Service programs run by this county agency are child and adult protective services, custody investigations, foster care to children, adoption services, adult services adoptive and foster home studies, adults and nursing home screenings and placement. Crisis support is offered from fuel and heating bill assistance based on total household income and number of persons in the household. Call (276)783-8148.

Mountain Community Action Agency of Smyth is the regional non-profit that assists low income and working poor families. The non-profit has a few core services available, as noted below, but other support may be provided on occasion as well.

  • Eviction prevention and housing ranges from grants for rent to shelter or security deposit help.
  • Food assistance, such as referrals to pantries in Smyth County, is available as well as applications to SNAP food stamps.
  • Educational and case management includes Head Start applications, job placement, and more.
  • Utility and electric bill help is part of LIHEAP, or fuel assistance in Virginia.





Other assistance may be offered too. There are also services tailored for the disabled and seniors in the community. The goal if the non-profit is to help clients overcome a hardship. Continue with Mountain Community Action Program.


By Jon McNamara













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