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Assistance programs Braxton, Upshur, and Webster County.

Find where to get financial help and free stuff for low-income families. Charities, churches and government assistance from DHHR help pay rent or electric bills as well as provide free job placement, boxes of groceries, clothes and other social services. Locate financial assistance near you in Upshur, Webster, and Braxton County WV.

There are free food pantries, clinics for medical or dental care as well as non-profit charities. The goal is to provide immediate financial help or grant money for bills in counties including Upshur as well as long term stability. Clients will also be able to get free job training, gas vouchers or car repairs and also winter clothes.

Financial assistance for housing, bills or food and social services

Mountain CAP of West Virginia, Inc. is the community action agency for the region. The services that this non-profit administers are listed below.

  • Get information on rental housing that is affordable and safe. The agency can help families find apartments or homes, and case workers partner with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund as well as HUD. The goal is to find appropriate homes, including free houses, for low income families and seniors.  Even locate free living near you.
  • Right From The Start can help new low-income moms, single mothers and their babies. The program will coordinate home visits by a licensed social worker or registered nurse that can help lead to a baby's healthy growth and development. Services include feeding, Immunizations/Well Child Care, safe infant sleep/back to sleep, Nutrition, arranging transportation to doctor appointments, making referrals to public aid such as WIC and DHHR, and finding baby care items.
  • A similar service offered by Mountain CAP's is the Child Development Center. Programs and a Creative Curriculum which focus on helping a child learn are offered. They will address the teacher and family roles in the children's learning. Staff plan weekly activities that can include language activities, math, art, music, and science. In addition, participants can receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack during the day.
  • Weatherization is offered by Mountain CAP of West Virginia, Inc. The government program can help families save money, reduce utility bills, and conserve energy. Weatherization is offered in all counties, including Upshur and Webster, and it is paid for by U.S. Department of Human Services and the Department of Energy. It is the primary program that can help people reduce their heating and cooling costs. Income guidelines must be met by applicants. The program is free to qualifying lower income families and seniors.




  • Addressing homelessness and assisting with housing is a key focus. Mountain CAP can provide families facing eviction with emergency rental assistance, as funding allows. The agency also operates transitional housing and shelters in counties such as Webster. There may also be federal government or state of West Virginia issued grants to help pay for the security deposit due to a landlord, and the agency also has referrals to non-profits that administer other solutions.
  • Home Ownership services are offered to people who want to buy a home. Staff and housing counselors can help people locate affordable mortgage options, offer Home Buyer Education classes, and they provide certified credit and debt counseling. Some of the programs they offer were created by the federal government agencies, and the organization partners with them. Examples include Department of Housing and Urban Development and lower interest mortgages from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read more on non-profit credit counseling.

Mountain CAP is headquartered at 26 North Kanawha Street in Buckhannon West Virginia 26201. Call them at (304) 472-1500. For more information on their services, click here for Mountain CAP assistance programs.

Salvation Army Buckhannon is located at 21 N Spring St, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Call (304) 472-6165 for an appointment. This leading social service agency supplies free food, gently used clothing, and may have emergency financial assistance with utilities, heating bills, and rent. Other resources range from free Christmas toys or meal boxes to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

The Salvation Army also gives away free school supplies to students from K-12. Or get free furniture, a gas card for work, or access to a homeless shelter and other resources. More on Buckhannon Salvation Army assistance programs.

Buckhannon Housing Authority can coordinate low income public or private housing. They also administer the section 8 housing voucher rental program in the region, which is income based housing. No-wait list apartments for the low-income, seniors or veterans are offered in the private market too. Call (304) 472-1305 for details on their services, or click here for details on section 8 in West Virginia.





Heart and Hand House – Assistance programs offered include funds for prescription medications (no controlled substances, pain killers, sleep aids, etc.), rent eviction or security deposits, and money to help provide support for low income families with termination notices on utilities. Other services include free clothing, food, baby layettes, furniture, employment needs, and education.

In some instances, this charity will issue loans for income qualified residents that will need to be repaid. In any case, the staff from Heart and House will work with clients to either offer financial aid or linkage to other agencies in the region of Upshur or Braxton. Call (304) 744-6741

Cross Lines Information and Help Agency is operated by Upshur County Minesteral Association. It offers transportation, clothing, food, utility bill help and prescription medication assistance. Address 68 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV 26201, call (304) 472-0743

Senior Care Of North Central WV, Inc. – Focuses on the elderly, older adults, and senior citizens. Exact services include Veterans Care, Medicaid Waiver, Case Management, Homemaker Services, Veterans Homemaker Program, and an onsite Food Pantry. There is also free Meals Delivery for the homebound.

Professional and Qualified Homemaker services include socialization, meal prep, transferring, ambulation, monitor daily changes, shopping or errands, and light housekeeping. Location is 1412 Buckhannon Pike, Nutter Fort, West Virginia 26301, dial (304) 624-0099.

DHHR offices are in the area. They help the low-income, unemployed and others. Get applications to public assistance including TANF cash assistance (WV Works) or Medicaid health insurance. There is free day care vouchers, SNAP food stamps in WV, as well as LIHEAP to pay energy bills. Other social services are offered too, including WV emergency cash programs.

  • Upshur County is at 34 Auction Ln, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Phone: (304) 473-4230
  • DHHR Braxton County is also at 3708 Sutton Ln, Sutton, WV 26601, dial (304) 765-7344

Free food, clothing, and general support

Reignment Center is offered by the Clothing Outreach Ministry of Shiloh. The address is Gauley Pike-Lockards Plaza, Flatwoods, WV 26621. Call (304) 765-5098 or 304-689-0065. They also provide limited amounts of canned food goods.

Crosslines has a free food bank. Get groceries, baby formula, holiday meals (including for Thanksgiving or Christmas) and personal stuff is offered. Get fruits, meats, pet food and more. The address is 68 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Phone: (304) 472-0743





Free health and dental care services

A few different places to turn to for advice and support include the following. The free clinics and centers in Upshur, Braxton and Webster County help the low-income, uninsured and patients on Medicaid. Get free basic care, immunizations, listing of clinics, OB/GYN, insulin or options for low income and/or uninsured patients. Dental works is also offered, and find West Virginia free emergency dentists.

The Braxton and Upshur County Department of Health and Human Resources are the two main options. Braxton center is located in Sutton West Virginia, and can be reached at (304) 765-7344. The Upshur County is based in Buckhannon. Call (304) 269-0532. The third center is in Webster Springs. Dial (304) 847-2861. These are three of the leading public health clinics and can provide advice to families and children.

Braxton Community Health Center Specialty Clinics can provide care for the under or uninsured. Some services may be available on a sliding fee scale. Free basic dental, wellness exams, care for kids or seniors and other support is offered to the poor. The address is 617 River St, Gassaway, WV 26624. Read more on free medical care.

St. Joseph’s Urgent Care Clinic (dial (304) 473-2000 or (304) 472-4922)) as well as Buckhannon Medical Care ((304) 472-1600) are two other nearby medical and dental centers.


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