West Virginia Financial Aid and Assistance Programs.

Locate aid, help and assistance programs for all cities and counties in West Virginia, including Charleston and Huntington. The government and non-profits may give grants to help with paying bills, including rent or housing, medical, dental, transportation, or energy as well as other costs.

This is a health insurance plan for West Virginians who have severe, preexisting, or chronic medical conditions or illnesses. 1-866-445-8491

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
For children with certain chronic or disabling medical symptoms or conditions. This medical assistance program provides specialized medical care for those kids. 1-800-642-9704

Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)
This program was created to assist families and individuals in making it through a financial crisis when they are without available resources. This government aid program will help provide short-term emergency financial assistance to families in need so that they can address the crisis or emergency. Needs that can be covered include food, rent, utilities, household supplies, transportation, clothing, and medical service. Click here for more information, or dial (304) 558-0684

West Virginia Golden Mountaineer Discount Card
This is a medical discount prescription drug card for those residents who are over the age 60 who live in West Virginia. Find additional ways to get free health care and save on medical bills.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP will provide grants and vouchers that can be used help eligible, low income households buy food and groceries. 800-642-8589





School Clothing Allowance (SCA)
Provides clothing grants and vouchers for low-income school aged children to help them dress properly. This resource can pay for school clothes and supplies.

WV WORKS gives monthly cash assistance and grants to eligible, low income families. The goal of the program is to assist economically dependent and at-risk families. The program can help them become self supporting, get job training and find employment, and enhance the well-being of children in these families. (304) 368-4420

West Virginia CHIP
Low-cost health insurance and health care plan for any teenager and children of working, struggling families. 1-877-WVA-CHIP

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies
Families that meet low income guidelines can receive help in paying for their child care costs. The West Virginia subsidies are for income qualified parents that are working, in school, or job training. More information.

Assistance for Senior Citizens
The West Virginia Department on Aging and Elder Services operates a number of offices and centers across the state. Resources focus on addressing the needs of older adults, elders and seniors. Food, medical and home health care, legal advice, and other aid in provided. Additional details.

Emergency Financial Assistance
From time to time, the Salvation Army may have funds to pay for basic needs. Money and case management can help with rent, electric bills, provide food and medications, and other support to low income families. More West Virginia Salvation Army assistance.

Social Services and Cash Assistance
Lower income families, seniors, and individuals in West Virginia can apply for government assistance programs and public aid. Qualified individuals can get help for paying for basic needs, medical care, food, and much more. More public assistance in West Virginia.





Foreclosure Counseling and Mortgage Assistance
A large number of housing counselors work one on one with homeowners to offer solutions to a potential foreclosure. They can help them access programs that can assist individuals with getting back on track with their mortgage. Learn more on West Virginia foreclosure counseling.

Disabled Assistance
Non-profits and the state of West Virginia  provide resources and benefits for individuals with a disability.They can get help from SSDI, medications, health care, and access to low income programs such as LIHEAP. Other services are for caretakers and family members. Learn more.

Legal Aid
Low and moderate income West Virginia families can receive free legal assistance for civil cases. Read more on how this program may be able to help you.

West Virginia Rent and Housing Assistance Vouchers
The state, partnering with the federal government, oversees assistance programs such as section 8. This will allow low income families to pay a defined portion of their income towards their monthly rental costs. More.

Employment Services and Government Grants
Resources from community action agencies can help low income families find a job and gain new skills. Or work with a case manager in applying for grants for paying bills and basic needs. More details.

Another place to turn for job search and employment assistance are the WorkForce centers. The sites provide the unemployed and career changers access to a number of services, including job training, skills assessment, and leads on jobs. Read West Virginia job training.

Programs to Prevent Homelessness and Evictions
The Continuum of Care, HUD - Housing and Urban Development, and non-profits offer cash grants to pay rent and housing costs in an effort to stop an eviction. There are also government funds to pay the security deposit on low income housing in West Virginia. Click West Virginia eviction prevention.

Groceries and Free or Low Cost Food
Dozens of food banks in West Virginia can provide help to state residents. Get information on who to call, and where to go, for free food. Click here.

Help with Utility Bills in West Virginia
Both the state and many energy companies provide cash grants and financial assistance for paying utility and heating bills. Learn more on financial assistance programs.

Community Clinics and Medical Centers
Almost twenty percent of individuals in West Virginia use the services of community clinics in order to receive free or low cost medical care. Get more information and find the locations of West Virginia community clinics.

A number of centers also provide dental assistance. Get free or low cost services such as cleanings, check-ups, and information on dental programs. More.




West Virginia may also coordinate medical care for the under and uninsured. Several resources can provide medications, check ups, and other health care to families that lack health insurance. Learn more.

Assistance From West Virginia Cities and Counties

Barbour County (Philippi)

Berkeley County (Martinsburg)

Boone County (Madison)

Braxton County (Sutton)

Brooke County (Wellsburg)

Cabell County and Huntington

Calhoun County (Grantsville)

Clay County

Doddridge County (West Union)

Fayette County (Fayetteville)

Gilmer County (Glenville)

Greenbrier County (Lewisburg)

Hancock County (New Cumberland)

Harrison County (Clarksburg)

Jackson County (Ripley)

Jefferson County (Charles Town)

Kanawha County (Charleston)

Marion County (Fairmont)

Marshall County (Moundsville)

Mercer County (Princeton)

Monongalia County (Morgantown)

Monroe County (Union)

Morgan County (Berkeley Springs)

Ohio County (Wheeling)

Pleasants County (Saint Marys)

Pocahontas County (Marlinton)

Preston County (Kingwood)

Putnam County (Winfield)



Raleigh County (Beckley)

Randolph County (Elkins)

Ritchie County (Harrisville)

Roane County (Spencer)

Summers County (Hinton)

Taylor County (Grafton)

Tucker County (Parsons)

Tyler County (Middlebourne)

Upshur County (Buckhannon)

Wayne County

Webster County (Webster Springs)

Wetzel County (New Martinsville)

Wirt County (Elizabeth)

Wood County (Parkersburg)

Wyoming County (Pineville)

West Virginia Assistance Utility and Heating Bills

Reduced Rates
All electric and gas utilities offer a reduced rate of 20% from December - April of every year. Eligible customers need to be receiving other aid in order to be eligible for this program.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program - (LIEAP)
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) in West Virginia will help families with paying the cost of their home heating bills. Direct cash payments and grants are provided, or even payments to utility companies on their behalf. The program also includes a crisis component which is available for households without resources and that are facing the loss of a heating source.

Weatherization Assistance
Through this program that will help families save on energy bills, weatherization service providers will install energy saving equipment and energy efficiency measures in the homes of qualifying homeowners free of charge.





West Virginia Utility Assistance Program
This assistance program, which is operated by the Dollar Energy Fund, will help West Virginia utility customers with paying their heating, gas, electric and water bills. A one time cash grant is provided. The grants are also available to customers who may not be eligible for LIHEAP or other aid. Read more on this energy bill program.


By Jon McNamara

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