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Assistance programs in York County, James City, and Williamsburg.

There are resources around housing, free food, health care, Christmas gifts, and more in the Williamsburg and York County area. Find some of the churches that offer financial help, charities that can help with rent or utility bills, medical clinics, job programs, government assistance and other support services. The low income, poor, and elderly among others can get assistance.

A number of additional financial resources and counseling services are available in the region, including James City. Foreclosure help or mortgage assistance is for struggling homeowners, or parents can get free back to school supplies. There are also various rental assistance programs available for tenants.

Financial assistance for utility bills, housing, and emergency expenses

The Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Agency helps qualified individuals with both short term expenses and needs and they also provide longer term self-sufficiency services.

The non-profit runs the Head Start program for the region. Children from low income families will receive quality pre-school services which also includes health care, food, and meals. Parents can access social services, which includes job search assistance, GED/ESL, financial literacy classes, health and wellness seminars, and volunteerism in the York County region and community. Non-English speaking parents receive support as well and they can learn English, receive assistance in finding employment, scholarships and more.

Emergency financial aid is available. These services can provide one-time cash grants or assistance for paying expenses such as utility bills, medicine, rent payments, minor transportation repairs and even temporary shelter.

Seasonal and holiday programs offered by the Community Action Agency include assistance to low-income residents. Programs include Thanksgiving Dinner and free Christmas meal food baskets, Toys and Coats for Head Start children, Angel Tree and more.

Employment Services, including search and Job Readiness, encompass a range of programs. All were created in an effort to prepare participants for job searches and employment opportunities in the region. Examples of services may include resume preparation, basic computer training, interviewing skills and more. Assistance is also for those impacted by salary reductions, lay-offs, plant closings in Williamsburg, unemployment, health and family crises.




Legal outreach is available. This offers pro bono (free) or discounted legal aid to the low income, seniors, and others who qualify and are in need. The agency works closely with the College of William & Mary Law School as well as the Williamsburg Virginia Bar Association

Renters, and those seeking a home or apartment but are facing barriers, can get legal help too. Attorneys in York and James City offer advice on stopping evictions too. As an example, find free eviction legal defense assistance.

Continuum of Care is an eviction prevention and rehousing program offered by the WJCC community action agency. It supports those in James City and nearby areas. there may be everything from loans to pay a portion of rent, low income transitional housing, and funds for security deposits. It is run in partnership with the state and relies upon federal government support.

Energy bill assistance and weatherization applications are on site. Energy assistance is federal funded and can help pay heating and cooling bills during the summer. Weatherization Assistance can provide low income families with grants to reduce the heating and cooling costs and another benefit is to ensure their health and safety. Services are available for individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and low income families with children.

Call or stop by the Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Agency for advice. Phone (757) 229-9332. Read more on Williamsburg and James City community action agency.

James City County Social Services focuses on utility bills. The government agency may have financial aid and grants for heating and cooling bills in low-income households. 5249 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg,  VA 23188, call (757)259-3100.

Salvation Army - Williamsburg Corps administers many social services and emergency programs. Examples of what is offered is as follows. Emergency rent assistance, funds for paying utility or heating bills if a turn off notice has been received, and free food. Other resources include free Christmas gifts and toys, school supplies, and thrift stores for furniture. (757)-229-6651. Read more on Salvation Army Williamsburg area programs.

Regional transitional housing assistance programs assist those facing imminent eviction. Meet with a case manager to find a place to stay and also get assistance with locating long term, permanent housing. Some financial aid may be offered for paying security deposits or first months rent too. More on transitional housing in Hampton Roads.





WJCC Community Action Agency is another regional non-profit. The agency may have funds for rent or utility bills. All assistance is one time only and you need a referral from the local Salvation Army or United Way. 312 Waller Mill Road  Suite 405, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185, main number is (757)-229-9332

Williamsburg Department of Human Services administers government and public aid. This includes food stamp applications, Medicaid, SSI disability, and may be able to assist with heating costs for elderly, disabled, needy families and individuals. Repairs to equipment may even be provided. Telephone (757)220-6161, or get more information on public resources. Continue with public assistance in Virginia.

York County Volunteer Association is a non-profit that works with churches and DSS. They address the welfare and interests of York County residents who have urgent needs. Assistance programs include free food, shelter, clothing and the center pays utility bills for fuel, medical expenses, rent, and adult education costs. Dial (757)-886-1520 for intake.

LINK of Hampton Roads - A program supports the homeless, newly disabled, senior citizens, terminally ill and mentally disabled. Receive loans of hospice, food, clothing, medical equipment, and furniture. (757)-595-1953.

USDA and state of Virginia food assistance programs are offered to battle hunger. There is everything from free school lunches or breakfast to pantries, soup kitchens, and more. A number of places feed the hungry in the Williamsburg and York County region. As one example, read about Feeding America food banks.

York-Poquoson Department of Social Services provides for temporary emergency needs such as food, utilities, rent or housing. Temporary cash assistance is available too, among other public aid. 301 Goodwin Neck Road, Yorktown, VA 23692. Call (757)-890-3787 to apply.

James City County Housing and Community Development has limited term mortgage and rental assistance. Financial aid and low income apartments from Section 8 is offered for those facing an eviction or foreclosure. Assistance also serves the homeless and can pay for security deposits and limited rent help. Main number is (757)259-5340. They also run the section 8 housing voucher program for the region. Click more details section 8.

Saint Bede Catholic Church runs a food pantry. The charity may also facilitate financial assistance to parishioners and neighbors and they have volunteers who assist as well. (757)-229-3700.

Medical care and clinics

Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic provides free or low cost medical care for the indigent, very low income, senior citizens, and the uninsured in the region.  A sliding fee scale is in place. They also have information on other local, free clinics. 7151 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, (757)565-1700.





Lackey Free Clinic of Yorktown serves uninsured residents (families or individuals) of Williamsburg, James City, York, Poquoson, and Newport News Virginia.  In addition to providing qualified patients access to a family doctor and dental services, the clinic houses over 14 different specialists, including gynecology, cardiology, and rheumatology. Health care services are available to those in the service area who earn between 138-300% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Call (757) 886-0608 for more information.

Other free community clinics can help the low income as well as uninsured. There are dozens more in Virginia and the region. Examples of what may be provided includes gastroenterology, pediatrics, gynecology, diabetes care, asthma, ENT, cardiovascular disease, diabetes help, and rheumatology pulmonology. The locations may also have a free walk-in clinic for pharmacy, family medicine services, school physicals, diagnostic, lab work and x-ray services as well as specialty referrals. Find additional free community clinics in Virginia.


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