Wood County West Virginia rental assistance programs.

Find the leading agencies in Wood County that can help low income families pay their rent. The organizations, which are either charities or government run, provide everything from grants for paying rental costs to free legal aid, counseling, and rehousing services. A list of the financial resources are below.

The assistance programs are mostly in the Parkersburg area, but they support tenants as well as families in all of Wood County. Not only is there emergency assistance for families or single parents that are currently renting a home or apartment, but the homeless can also apply to these rental assistance programs. In addition, veterans, individuals with HIV/AIDs, the disabled, section 8 recipients, and others can also get help from these housing resources.

Community Resources
Address is 601 Avery Street Suite 200
Parkersburg, WV 26101
The regional community action agency - (304) 422-5339
A few resources are available. They process applications to FEMA Emergency Assistance, which can offer free grants for paying housing costs such as rent evictions (FEMA only) or utility disconnections. There is also weatherization, information and referral to other non-profits or credit unions that may have loans for paying rent and much more.

Wood County Catholic charities
Address 1226 Market Street P O Box 13
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26102
Main phone 304-989-4511
Programs are run from the Outreach center. There may be referrals to shelter, low income housing, or rent programs. They also sell furniture for tenants from a thrift store, offer rent assistance to clients with an eviction notice, and also support senior citizens. Many other social services are offered.

Parkersburg Salvation Army
Call (304) 485-4529
One time rent help, transitional housing, money for utilities, and more is available. The church combines financial aid with basic supplies. Food, meals, and basic needs are distributed to the homeless, or families who are seeking support to free up their income for paying rent.

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary House
Main address is 702 1/2 31st Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 422-6067
They only offer transitional housing. There will not be funds for rent relief. The housing can be for stranded individuals such as if a car breaks down, people fleeing domestic violence, and similar events.

Parkersburg Housing Authority
Location is 1901 Cameron Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Runs the section 8 HUD voucher programs, which is rent subsidized housing. There is a waiting list. Other services include Shelter Plus Care Program, which offers moving cost assistance, security deposit, and first months rent help to the disabled.
In addition, Family Self-Sufficiency Program helps lower income families in Wood County who are now receiving rental assistance to achieve economic success. It uses job training, credit counseling, and more. The HUD Homeownership Voucher Program is another option as well as Homeownership P.R.I.D.E.

 

 

By Jon McNamara

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