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Washington County assistance programs.

Food, financial, medical, and housing assistance

There is a local nonprofit organization that helps all people, regardless of belief, in Washington County Virginia. Ecumenical Faith in Action provides food aid, help with medical, and even financial assistance and counseling to those people who need help. In addition, the organization has a rental assistance program.

The organizations representatives can talk landlords and try to convince them to wait on proceeding with an eviction. After that, they can help pay rent for months that were missed. he missed, he said. The organization will help people with bills who have just falling below being able to stay afloat and those who just need a little short term boost to get back on their feet. The group can’t afford long term assistance. They also offer private counseling. Some of the other programs offered include the the Pharmacy Connection program, and they have space for job training, classes and computer(s) to assist in job searches.

Just last month, the organization helped 10,000 people in Abingdon, Washington County, and southwest Virginia. Call Ecumenical Faith in Action at (276) 628-4813.

Bristol Faith in Action offers a large number of assistance programs, resources, and information for the low income in Abingdon and Washington County Virginia. Dial (276)466-8292. The programs run include.

  • Natural Gas/Heating Oil - Access financial assistance and support for paying for oil or natural gas bills. Money can even pay to start service or pay deposits.
  • Electric Bills - Programs may be able to provide grants and/or financial assistance for paying for electric bills and/or utility or electric deposits.
  • Water Bills - Grants and Financial assistance may be offered for paying for water bills and/or water deposits. The agency may be able to provide some or all of the bills, as well as the required amount to maintain your water service for a period of time of up to 30 days. Find other water bill assistance.
  • Kerosene, Coal, Wood - These other forms of energy can also be supported.
  • Telephone bills - Even money can be used to help pay telephone bills and expenses.
  • Referrals can be provide to Virginia utility bill grant programs.





The nearest Salvation Army is located by the border. Call (423)764-6156. The non-profit can support the Washing County Virginia area as well, and the agency can provides emergency or crisis assistance in emergency situations in the form of free food, funds for paying utilities, clothing, heating fuel or energy bills, rental assistance, etc. and provides some counseling services and information on government programs and local charities.

Community Action of William County is known as People Incorporated. The non-profit provides financial assistance and referrals in a wide region. Some examples of what may be available, depending on the applicants income and other factors, includes the following.

  • Housing programs, with a focus on homeless prevention. The agency may offer one time funds for paying expenses such as rent, energy bills, or a security deposit for the homeless. They also have information on shelters and government benefits.
  • Funds or grants for utility bills, from the state of Virginia LIHEAP or fuel assistance program.
  • Consumer counseling matter are addressed by PI as well. This may include VITA income tax help, counseling for home buyers, and debt reduction services.
  • Public aid - Case managers are a great place to turn to for information, and applications to, resources such as SNAP food stamps or disability benefits.

Other aid and support is available from People Incorporated, and the above list is a sampling. Learn more.



By Jon McNamara

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