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Help with rent in Virginia.

Low-income tenants, veterans and families with no money will get rent payment assistance in Virginia. There are many organizations that provide immediate financial help for housing costs, including back rent, storage fees, a mobile home lot, deposits and more. Or access income-based housing or free lawyers for a tenant facing eviction. Find help with rent payments in VA below.

Priority is for single mothers, seniors, veterans, the disabled and low-income people that have a job. They can apply for free government grant money to help pay rent. There are also motel or hotel vouchers for homeless people, SSVH for veterans that need rental assistance, and other emergency housing programs, including section 8.

Any funds are first-come and first served in Virginia. Charities or churches in VA only have limited resources to help pay rent (or any bills) and government funding is limited. The state of Virginia also has the Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) which provides free grant money for housing payments (rent, storage, utilities for tenants, etc.), and that is also limited in scope.

Non-profit and government rent payment help across Virginia

Several of the assistance programs are available statewide – this means low-income families, the unemployed, people with no money and others can apply for help with rent no matter where they live. There are also statewide legal aid programs for tenants as well as veteran programs and more.

  • Free housing - Government programs, as well as some regional charities in Virginia as well as national non-profits, offer housing or apartments for free. The rent free units are generally for the disabled, senior citizens and women fleeing DV. Locate free housing.
  • Community Action rent grants – Each independent city, county in the Commonwealth and town has a non-profit community action agency. They help the low-income, underemployed and people in poverty apply for emergency financial help, including for rental payments. There is also case management, information on low-cost housing and other support. Read more on Virginia community action financial assistance.
  • Free lawyers for tenants – Renters with an eviction notice from their landlord will get free legal support. This is available for senior citizens, low-income tenants and the disabled, among others. Locate free lawyers in VA for tenants.





  • Virginia veteran rent assistance programs – Hundreds of thousands of veterans live in the state. They can get housing, rent payment help, free motel vouchers and more. Homeless veterans will also get assistance, including funds to pay first months rent as well as a security or utility deposit. Programs include SSVH, HUD-VASH and others. Learn how to apply for veteran rent assistance programs.
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers – Housing Authorities, or HAs in Virginia, process applications to income based housing. A voucher will help pay the rent on a private sector home, apartment, condo or housing unit. There are also section 8 vouchers for disabled adults, single moms, and people with no kids. Get details on Virginia section 8 waiting list near you.
  • Eviction/Homeless Prevention services in VA – The state government, working with local charities and even churches, partner together to reduce (ideally eliminate) homelessness in the state. As part of this, there is immediate rental assistance for a crisis. Government hardship grants will help keep tenants in their leased home or apartment. Read about homeless prevention - rapid rehousing in Virginia.
  • Low Income Rental Housing in VA - The state of Virginia VHSP is a partnership of non-profits and the Department of Social Services. Funds are used to pay for housing needs, such as water or heating bills, rent, lease application fees, and security deposits. VHSP also helps tenants sustain their current low-income or subsidized apartment so it offers case management. Read more Virginia VHSP housing programs.
  • Department of Housing and Community Development - This state organization helps coordinate various grant programs for rent as well as housing needs. Everything from transitional housing for the low income to assistance for veterans and the disabled is available, including funds to pay rental or deposit expenses and free legal aid to stop evictions. Continue with Virginia department of Housing.

Local county and city rental assistance

Each community has other charities or churches that help pay rent, and select your area below. Normally they will offer partial payments, but the money can be combined with the statewide resources. Priority for emergency rental assistance is for applicants with an income and who have show a past history of stable housing.

Arlington and Alexandria

Chesterfield County

Fairfax County

Hampton Roads

Loudoun County




Lynchburg - Campbell and Bedford Counties


Richmond and Henrico County

Roanoke and Montgomery County

Stafford County

Virginia Beach


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