Virginia Beach assistance programs.
Thousands of local families are in need of help. There are several different agencies and charities to turn to for aid. Most of these are funded by government programs, private donations, and local businesses, so funding is limited. Be sure to contact them early, and be persistent. Call them back if they have no funding. Learn more about the programs and who to contact below
Job placement and training
Receive education, training, career development and job placement services from the Goodwill Industries of Hampton Roads. This is a community based organization that offers a multitude of free job programs and other assistance. One program is the low cost thrift store, which the public can shop at for affordable priced items. They are located at 5565 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, and you can call them at (757) 248-9405.
Free medical care
The Beach Health Clinic is a private non-profit charity organization that provides free medical services, health care, and free prescription medications to uninsured, low income families or people who are so called underinsured. The clinic is staffed by volunteer physicians, support personnel and nurses, all with the goal of increasing access to health care in the Virginia Beach area. Phone: (757) 428-5601. Or click here for additional free health care programs.
If you are facing an eviction or struggling with paying your rent, The Dwelling Place may be able to help. They can be reached at (757) 624-9879. This non-profit group provides emergency funds as well as shelter for families in crisis. Services include case management, housing assistance, counseling, children's programs, transportation, in-home services, and referrals to other federal and state government programs.Find other ways to get rent help.
Virginia Beach emergency assistance and grants for bills
The Catholic Charities organization helps people of all religions. They focus their services on low to moderate income families, people who may have lost their jobs, or had a reduction in income. Resources offered include credit & housing counseling, clinical counseling, grants for paying rent and/or security deposits, adult guardianship, respite, funds for paying electric and heating bills, pregnancy counseling, adoptions, mediation and education aid. Call Catholic Charities at (757) 456-2366 to learn more or to apply for help, or click here for additional information on their services.
Another place to turn to for emergency aid and grants is the Virginia Beach and Suffolk Salvation Army. This organization provides numerous resources, including emergency food, rent assistance, clothing, lodging, heating bill and rental assistance. The other services include free and discounted prescriptions, Holiday Assistance, spiritual needs, holiday meals and gifts, disaster and fire victims assistance. Call (757) 539-5201, or find other details on the Virginia Beach Salvation Army assistance programs.
These two agencies have limited funding, so contact them early and often.
Transitional housing and emergency shelters - When facing eviction, or if you need a safe, affordable place to live, then regional housing programs are available. Non-profits will offer Virginia Beach residents low income housing, job training, meals, and other support. Click here.
Norfolk Virginia based STOP - Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project Inc. is a non-profit that provides assistance programs, resources, activities, services, and needed referrals for socioeconomic upgrading of the working poor as well as low-income families in STOP's service area. The Virginia Beach non-profit also serves as a crisis outreach site, providing emergency rent assistance, free food and groceries, utility and water bill payments, and other needed services on short notice to those in need.
Housing solutions from the United Way and Connection Point are used for stopping evictions and placing the low income into a new, affordable home. Clients can apply for grants, free legal aid, and advice. Other support may be provided too.
Any financial help for families living in poverty or the homeless in Virginia Beach is a last resort. A crisis line can refer struggling households, whether they are veterans, single mothers, or seniors, to an eviction prevention or rehousing service for their needs. Learn more Virginia Beach eviction help.
Other programs offered by STOP include.
- Emergency Home Repair Program helps keep homes safe.
- Indoor Plumbing (IP/R) Program
- Job finding and employment services
- A crisis intervention program - May pay for first month’s rent, hotel, motel costs or even a rent/mortgage payment. Some clients of this may be issued a loan for their needs.
- Referrals to rent assistance programs and agencies.
- Budgeting, credit counseling, and tax filing services may also be available from Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project.
- Grants to pay for basic home repairs may be offered to seniors as part of a Home Maintenance program.
Call STOP at phone (757)858-1360. Or read more Virginia Beach Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project.
Basic needs and material goods are distributed from non-profits including clothing closets. Several organizations and charities, including churches, can provide free items including holiday assistance, back to school supplies, clothes for work, baby supplies and more. These Virginia Beach area centers may also offer other assistance programs including information on job training and referrals to emergency financial aid for bills. Get more details on Virginia Beach clothing closets.
Social services and government aid - The city and municipality of Virginia Beach administers several state and federal government assistance programs for low income families. Qualified lower income families can apply for one or more of the following.
- SNAP food stamps can provide free food and groceries.
- Get help with paying energy bills, including air conditioning, from LIHEAP.
- Various job training programs are offered as well for people who are looking to get off of public aid.
- Several other resources are available. Learn more.
Short term housing and funds for rent - While residents can contact agencies located throughout the greater Hamilton Roads area (as indicated above) there are several rental assistance organizations and transitional housing units available just for Virginia Beach residents. Cash grants, counseling, and shelter is available. Click here.
There are additional options when it comes to receiving rental assistance in Virginie Beach. Other agencies support the wider region, including the so called Hampton Roads area. So tenants that are struggling or facing eviction, as well as the homeless, have other resources available. Read more Virginia Beach rent help.
Programs for water bills are available. Companies across Virginia Beach and the area will offer emergency payment plans, the to Others program, or other services. Several conditions needs to be met by applicants, including certain income levels. Read here.
Urban League of Hampton Roads specializes in offering housing assistance and homeless prevention. This includes free counseling to help avoid foreclosures, eviction prevention guidance, offers first-time home buyers workshops, and the Urban League also assists special-needs clients. Address is 5700 Thurston Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Call (757)627-0864
Virginia Beach Homeless Prevention - Services ranging from funds to pay missed rent to case management and referrals are available. Clients can also work with a counselor to find an affordable low income home to move in and explore financial aid programs to pay the deposit on it. Support is for the working poor, homeless, and others may qualify based on funding. Read more homeless prevention services.
Free Virginia Beach holiday programs can help the less fortunate. If a parent needs a free toy or present for their child at Christmas, this may be possible. Other programs range from meals to holiday food baskets, including for the homeless and unemployed. More Virginia Beach holiday programs.
Foundry United Methodist Church may offer help, but applicants need a referral from Virginia Beach Department of Social Services. The church provides the low income, homeless and working poor a support system, if qualified.
Assistance programs are available for sack lunches and food orders to qualified residents of the city. Financial aid ranges from rent help; money for heating and utility bills, Electricity and Natural Gas, Water, Sewer, and funds for Heating Oil. Other services from the church include Clothing Vouchers; advice on applying for Birth Certificates - Domestic and Foreign; Household Products and Personal Hygiene Items and much more. As noted, DSS needs to refer the resident to Foundry. More information.
Heating, utility, and electric bill help in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Department of Human Services offers fuel assistance. Call them at (757)437-3200. This government agency provides financial assistance and cash grants to eligible households with the costs of paying for their home heating and utility bills.
If you are wondering where your next meal may be coming from, the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia can provide people with free food and groceries. The main location is in Norfolk, but they can help people in other locations. (757) 627-6599.
They also have some programs that focus on special needs, such as delivery for senior citizens and the disabled, but they can provide more information when you contact them. Or low income families can turn to food stamps application sites in Virginia Beach or apply for WIC, which can help them pay for baby formula.
A number of other churches, food banks, and pantries operate in Virginia Beach. Free groceries, meals, clothing, diapers, and much more is distributed. Find more Virginia Beach food pantries.
Health care clinics and medical care
Peninsula Institute for Community Health - Virginia Beach offers health care on a sliding fee scale. The center provides a community health clinic to low income and people without insurance, which includes a family practice for patients. Some programs may be free. (757)425-3610. Learn more on Virginia prescription programs.
Virginia Beach Health Clinic is available for the uninsured and low income. The non-profit center can offer free health care, medications, check ups, and other support for qualified residents of Virginia Beach. The site is located at 3396 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Call (757)428-5601.
Legal aid in Virginia Beach
With the variety of problems facing struggling American families these days, many people need the advice and representation of a lawyer. However, not many people can afford to pay high attorney bills and court costs. The Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia provides free legal services, representation and assistance in a broad spectrum of civil matters to income-eligible residents of the Greater Hampton Roads area. They can provide advice for preventing a foreclosure, ways to stop rent evictions, unemployment claims, and much more. Dial (757) 627-5423 to speak to a lawyer, for free.
Get mortgage help, foreclosure assistance, and debt reduction
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions - Culpeper is the local credit and foreclosure counseling agency for Virginia Beach. Call them at (877)877-1995. They offer free, confidential financial/debt counseling to individuals, homeowners and families in the area. They are also a HUD approved foreclosure counseling agency. They coordinate such services as Virginia foreclosure programs, debt management plans, and government mortgage assistance programs.