Wood County West Virginia assistance programs.

Parkersburg and Wood County West Virginia have received federal government funds to help increase and supplement emergency shelter and food programs for the newly unemployed in the county.

The increase level of government funding is intended to bring immediate help and relief to communities to address poverty, unemployment, and other needs in light of the economy. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are intended to bolster food aid, provide shelter, help with rent, mortgage payments and utility bill assistance programs for Wood County residents who have non-disaster related emergencies.

Aid and funds will be provided to charities and agencies as determined by the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program board, and people must apply to those agencies, such as the Salvation Army. Dial (304) 485-0669

Community Resources Inc., which is located in Parkersburg in Wood County WV, offers the following services. Rent eviction prevention services, CSBG & FEMA Emergency Assistance on utility termination, medical prescription vouchers. Other assistance programs include LIEAP Applications, Winter and School Coats for Kids, Emergency Food Pantry, School Supplies, Self-sufficiency Programs, Youth Enrichment Programs, School Clothing Vouchers, Information & Referral to community action agencies and other government programs, as well as Dental Assistance in West Virginia for those who quality.




Staff from the non-profit agency work with low income clients to find solutions. This will often include increased education levels and employment challenges. So get information on local job training programs too. So that self-sufficiency type focus on clients is offered too.

A number of other programs are available as well. They range from housing to budgeting. As just one more examples, Community Resources of Wood County Inc. also has a Weatherization Program to help people save money on their energy bills. Call (304) 422-5339., or read more Community Resources.

Catholic Community Services - A limited amount of funds are available from this Parkersburg West Virginia agency that can offer emergency financial assistance for paying utilities, prescription voucher assistance, a health care / MedsAccess program. Other services and resources may be available for special considerations on case by case basis. Call (304) 424-3457





In addition to the programs mentioned at the top of this page, the Wood County West Virginia Salvation Army may be able to provide Housing and Rental Assistance or Free Clothing or Groceries. There are other programs available as well, including Furniture/Household Goods, Prescriptions, Utility Bill Assistance, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, or Daily Meals. The seasonal services in Parkersburg include free Holiday Gifts and Meals as well as back to school supplies. Call (304) 485-4529, or more on Parkersburg Salvation Army services.

A place to turn to for free or low cost health or medical care is the Good Samaritan Clinic, Inc. You need to call to make an appointment, and the clinic may be able to offer free medical or health care. The clinic is involved in providing primary health and dental care to the low income and uninsured as well as medically indigent in the community. Health or medical care services are provided to individuals or families who have no private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or any type of government health insurance and have incomes that fall around certain government poverty limits. Call (304) 422-7357.

Emergency rent and security deposit help is available from a select number of agencies. The locations may offer the following forms of assistance, or give referrals.

  • Legal advice.
  • Money to pay back rent, energy bills, water costs, deposits, and moving expenses.
  • Shelter for the homeless in Parkersburg.
  • Other resources may be available as well. Find more on Wood County rent assistance.

Food, basic needs, and referrals in Wood County

Regional food pantries can provide various forms of assistance. Depending on the applicant’s income and exact needs, the staff will try to provide them with emergency food if they are facing hunger or maybe vouchers for medications or work clothing. Other centers may serve holiday meals.




Each location will usually focus on families in a crisis, or maybe the disabled or elderly in Wood County. residents need to call for specifics. Some centers in Urban Ministries on 11th Street or Episcopal Church in Parkersburg. But there are several others. Click Wood County food banks.


By Jon McNamara

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