The following resources are for Free Public Assistance in Virginia. These agencies have been established to help you in times of need.
- Richmond and Surrounding Areas
- Northern Virginia
- Northern Neck Virginia
- Virginia Beach and Surrounding Areas
- Charlottesville and Surrounding Areas
- Southwest Virginia
- Fredericksburg and Surrounding Areas
- State Assistance
Richmond and Surrounding Areas
1500 Sherwood Road
Description: Pilgrims Passage specializes in providing immediate housing and social services to the homeless and formerly incarcerated through a series of programs designed to empower and promote independence.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
The Conrad Center
Homeless Point of Entry is the starting point for anyone who is homeless and is in need of shelter, case management, and related services. This program is free and helps all clients reach self-sufficiency and gain permanent housing. The staff works directly with emergency shelters to fill all available beds in Richmond.
When you come make sure to bring:
When the client begins the intake process, they will be interviews by a resource specialist. The interview will consist of assessment questions to determine if additional services, such as healthcare, mental health services, and substance dependence treatment, are needed. Clients will also receive short-term case planning involving referral and coordination with other Richmond area agencies. Referral and assessment services are provided.
Rockbridge County Rental Assistance Office
150 S. Main Street
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Inc.
P.O. Box 220802
Description: The Client Services Program is inclusive of but not limited to: budgeting assistance, emergency food and clothing provisions and referral to other social service providers.
Mercy Ministry Consists of the Clothing Furniture and Transportation Ministries:
Pathway to Success Program provides 10 families up to $5,000 in financial support for 1 year to assist with rent and utilities.
The Food Pantry provides food once per month to individuals and families in need, as well as USDA surplus food.
United Community Ministries
7511 Fordson Road
802 N. Henry Street
Description: The largest homeless shelter in Northern Virginia, Carpenter’s Shelter serves over 1,000 homeless and formerly homeless children and adults each year. This shelter’s comprehensive continuum of care offers continuous services, aiding the chronically homeless and shelter residents through their transition back into independent living. 90% of those who complete the shelter’s program never return to homelessness again.
Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter
3525 Moncure Avenue
Description: A 50-bed, emergency homeless shelter for adult men and women. Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter is funded by the Fairfax County Government to bring essential services to the county. The average stay is 90 days and may include medical care, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, education and training for homeless individuals. The shelter also offers services such as: housing locator services, community case management, permanent supportive housing program, transitional housing program.
Arlington – Alexandria Coalition for the homeless Inc.
3103 9th Road
Description: Private non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia. AACH mission is to move people into a permanently self-sufficient, independent life through integrated programs.
ACTS Homeless Shelter
7866 Main Street
Description: The ACTS Emergency Homeless Shelter is an 18-bed facility that provides emergency short-term housing to families and singles. Room and board are free; the shelter is open 24 hours a day. Services include intensive case management, life skills training and computer success for job and housing search. The Ultimate goal of our program is the clients’ self-sufficiency
Our Daily Bread Inc.
10777 Main Street
Description: Programs are designed to help individuals and families in Fairfax county area who area struggling to make ends meet. Daily Bread programs offer the temporary assistance families need to recover from a crisis, stay in their homes and maintain their self-sufficiency.
Virginia Beach and Surrounding Areas
P.O. Box 190
Description: Five bedroom, 22 bed shelter providing support to those in a crisis. Clients are put on a strict case management plan and employment within 30 days is expected. Residents are required to participate in case management, meetings, housing meeting, performs daily chores and room inspections, actively participate in educational programs, and adhere to a budget plan.
Our House Families
405 D. Street
Description: Committed to assisting families regain and permanently secure self-sufficient and independence with steady stream of help and hope. The goal is to see families restored and renewed. Provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, education and other comprehensive programs to help homeless families make the very challenging transition from homelessness to home. Provides a safe place to live and help them work through the often-complex and difficult circumstances that caused them to become homeless.
Charlottesville and Surrounding Areas
The Haven at First and Market
112 W. Market Street
Description: The Day Haven provides the homeless and very poor with a safe place to be during the day. As a day shelter, The Day Haven offers a living-room like space in which people may play games, read books or watch television. Furnished with comfortable chairs and couches, this room provides people with a cool space in the summer and a warm space in the winter to get out of the elements.
Community Touch Inc.
10499 Jericho Road
Description: Offers strong support to the homeless, hungry and deprived in Fauquier and surrounding counties. A sturdy group of volunteers and staff members counsel, mentor, tutor and provide casework assistance to the residents in the Victory Transitional facility, Ciara’s Faith House Food Pantry and Noah’s Ark.
Fauquier Family Shelter Services
95 Keith Street
Description: The Emergency Shelter is a 7,100 square foot facility that includes a fully-equipped modern kitchen and dining area, washer/dryer facilities, library and reading room, a group meeting area, family bedroom, adult male bedrooms, and adult female bedrooms. The Emergency Shelter is the only emergency shelter in Fauquier County. This 52 bed facility can accommodate up to eleven families and eight single adults at any one time. The ground level is 100% accessible to persons with physical disabilities.
Fredericksburg and Surrounding Areas
Thurman Brisben Center
471 Central Road
Description: Center provides comprehensive programs and services to assist individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless or have recently become homeless.
Virginia-SNAP-Food stamps is a Virginia State initiated program whose primary goal is to enable low income families access to a balanced meal. Nutritious and healthy meals are essential for the growth and development of every individual; this is one of the major reasons that the State of Virginia has initiated the SNAP food stamp program.
This program is used in a similar manner as cash to buy food items that are considered eligible from a variety of retail stores. One can identify there retailers either by the quest logo they will have displayed or by the picture of Virginia EBT card.
Can apply online at: www.dss.state.va.us/benefits
Application via phone: 1-800-552-3431
Medicaid is the state and federal partnership that provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons. The purpose of Virginia Medicaid is to improve the health of people in Virginia who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children.
Requirements: In order to qualify for this program, you must be a resident of the state of Virginia, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, or a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child or children under the age of 19, under age 21 and in foster care, adoption assistance or a nursing facility, blind, disabled, or be 65 years of age or older. The Medicaid income limits are different, depending on which group of individuals you fall into. There is no enrollment fee or premium for Medical Coverage if you are eligible. Low co-pays are charged for some Medicaid services.
Can apply online at: https://www.virginiamedicaid.dmas.virginia.gov/wps/portal
WIC – Women, Infants & Children
Program provides high-quality nutritional care and food to participants. The program provides milk, cheese, egg, juice, cereal, dried beans or peas, peanut butter and iron-fortified formula that supply crucial nutrients such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C essential to maintain health.
WIC provides breastfeeding education during pregnancy and breastfeeding support after delivery. Individual counseling and group classes on breastfeeding are available for clients. For breastfeeding questions and concerns Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are available.
Who is eligible?
You must meet income guidelines that are based on family size and family gross income. Proof of income must be provided, such as check stubs, current Medicaid card, Military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), unemployment benefits statement. Proof of income must be current.
You must have a Medical/Nutritional risk as determined by a Nutritionist in the WIC clinic. The Nutritionist may also use information from the medical referral from that has been completed and signed by your doctor during your medical exam.
What you need to bring to a WIC appointment:
You can be taken off program if you do not pick up your WIC vouchers or if you no longer meet the financial or nutritional risk eligibility criteria