West Virginia eviction prevention and homeless assistance services.
Assistance is available in West Virginia to both prevent homelessness and rehouse families into new, low income housing or apartments. There may be government grants available to pay costs such as back rent or a security deposit. Much of the support is available from the Continuum of Care program and agencies listed below, and it can help seniors, veterans, and very low income families, among others.
Thousands of families in West Virginia face eviction every year. The state, using funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and relying on local non-profits, provides various forms of assistance to those that need it. The goal of the CoC programs, as well as the agencies that take part, is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Funds are limited, but those facing eviction have some options available to them.
All government funding is very limited. In addition, a formal application process has been put into place in West Virginia. Unfortunately not everyone that applies will qualify and/or funding may in fact run out. The exact make up of any rent or housing program will also vary from county to county.
There are several components to it. Residents facing imminent eviction may qualify for a grant to pay all or a portion of their rent. If the homelessness is going to be caused by an unpaid utility or water bill, then funds may be offered for that as well. Another focus is on rehousing currently homeless individuals in West Virginia. So the Continuum of Care can help with paying a security deposit or maybe first months rent. There will also be transitional housing sites funded as part of this as well. If these resources do not help, locate additional resources as well as financial assistance for paying rent.
Various case management services are available. Staff from county social service offices as well as non-profit agencies will meet with clients to go over all of their options. They will also partner with them on overcoming their financial hardship, and can refer clients to employment and other support services.
Many different non-profits coordinate resources and advocate on behalf of low income families. This makes any type of aid provided even more effective, as there is less duplication of services. Other assistance that may be administered includes the following.
- Landlord - tenant mediation, including free legal advice and representation.
- Continuum of Care grants and HUD also help pay for transitional housing and shelters.
- Direct financial aid, including zero percent interest rate loans, for rent or energy bills.
- Charities in West Virginia offer counseling for tenants with an eviction notice, grants, and housing support.
Some resources are only available for residents that a particular need or challenge. HUD grants may offer rental or deposit help to the disabled, elderly, single mothers, or homeless children. There are also some assistance programs for those escaping from domestic violence. If an agency in West Virginia can't meet your need, or if not qualified, then referrals are often offered. One of the leading places to turn are the financial assistance programs from charities, as they address many needs of low income tenants.
Another focus of the Continuum of Care is on rehousing the homeless. Social workers will offer case management and more. Individuals will first normally have access to a transitional housing center. This allows them time to regain self-sufficiency.
When ready to move, assistance in locating a new, permanent home is offered. Some clients may qualify for financial assistance in paying for a rental deposit or moving expenses, however this is not common. Regardless, the rehousing services are a very effective tool for the poor and homeless in West Virginia.
If a challenge was due to past due evictions or poor credit on the record of an applicant, then agencies can provide guidance to the family. Several law firms, as well as homeless prevention charities, work with landlords and tenants to help them get into an apartment. they arrange security deposit help, free legal, and other programs for the family. Or look into other help renting with past evictions.
Homeless assistance agencies in West Virginia
Community Networks, Inc.
Address: 309 W King St
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Or dial the region Telamon Corporation
891 Auto Parts Pl
Martinsburg, WV 25403
Phone: (304) 263-5090 for information on grants for rent or eviction prevention assistance.
Clarksburg and Harrison County
Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority
433 Baltimore Ave
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Main phone (304) 623-3322
Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe County
Greenbrier County Housing Authority
Main address is 142 Maplewood Ave
Eastern WV Community Action Agency
401 Maple Avenue
Moorefield, WV 26836
Kanawha County and Charleston
Low income tenants with a pay or quit notice can apply for grants to pay rent to stop an eviction or a security deposit. Other services in West Virginia may give them legal advice or general guidance. More on eviction prevention in Charleston.
PRIDE Community Services
3407 S Main St
Chapmanville, WV 25508
Fairmont, WV 26555
Marion and North Central WV
North Central WV Community Action Association
1304 Goose Run Rd.
Fairmont, WV 26554
Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc.
540 5th Ave
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: (304) 697-0022
Stop Abusive Family Environments
12419 Loop 7 Highway
Welch, West Virginia 24801
Phone: (304) 436-6181
Mingo, Logan, Wayne, McDowell, and Wyoming Counties
Mingo County Housing Authority
Delbarton, WV 25670
1626 West 3rd Ave.
Williamson, WV 25661
Telephone - (304) 292-5100
91 Scott Avenue
Or dial the Bartlett House, Inc.
1110 University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505
Other financial resources may also be provided to stop evictions. As far as the homeless, they can apply for free motel voucher programs in West Virginia or be moved into a shelter. Read Monongalia County homeless prevention.
RaleighCounty Community Action Association
111 Willow Ln, Beckley, WV 25801
Women's Aid in Crisis
PO Box 2548
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Lewis, Pendleton
Randolph County Housing Authority
Address is 1404 N Randolph Ave
Elkins, West Virginia 26241
Community Action of Southeastern WV
245 Main St
Union, WV 24983
Call (304) 772-3381. The non-profit can coordinate transitional housing, legal support, and provide referrals to security deposit programs.
Mountain CAP of WV, Inc.
26 N Kanawha St
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Main phone - (304) 472-1500
Integrated Community Services of Parkersburg, Inc.