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

Pilgrims Passage

1500 Sherwood Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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
1400 Oliver Hill Way

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:

  • Identification:  Adults need provide two picture ID’s. If no ID is available, other documents can be accepted, such as bills, birth certificates, any mail, and letters from referring agency or organization. Parents should bring their children’s Social Security Cards or printouts.
  • Documentation regarding your homelessness:  This documentation may be an eviction notice, or a letter from organizations that have knowledge of the client’s homeless situation.

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.

Northern Virginia

Rockbridge County Rental Assistance Office

150 S. Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Inc.

P.O. Box 220802
Chantilly, VA 20151

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:

  • Clothing. Provide clothing, household items and bed linens to families facing homelessness
  • Furniture. Give donated furniture to families with an identified need.
  • Transportation. Dedicated transportation volunteer is available to transport clients without any other means of transportation to and from a variety of medical appointments.

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
Alexandria, VA 22306


  • Family Renewal: Provide a comprehensive approach to the homeless with special attention to children. Program thoroughly addresses the social, economic and emotional needs of the entire family. Also, facilitates the development of long-term self-sufficiency skills, which enables clients to become productive members of society and create structured, loving environments for their children. This program helps encourage community involvement and community development and also supports parents in assisting their children achieve academic success.
  • Journeys Housing Program: Through the program, United Community Ministries provides supportive housing services at the point of displacement for families who have fled a domestic violence situation. Families are not only provided with housing, but also supportive services aimed at teaching them to become self-sufficient.
  • Community Resource Housing: Collaborative effort with United Community Ministries, Fairfax county Department of Family Services, Northern Virginia Family Service and Reston Interfaith, which offers county wide support services to homeless families
  • Bridge Housing Program: A short-term transitional housing program for homeless, single adults who have mental and/or substance abuse issues. Program is funded under the Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board. United Community Ministries has a contract for 20 hours a week to provide case management for the clients and the Community Service Board is to provide weekly mental health services to clients. The program helps clients to build the skills and financial stability to bridge the gap between homeless and stable living environment. Serves 6 people.

Carpenter’s Shelter

802 N. Henry Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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
Falls Church, VA 22041

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
North Arlington, VA 22201

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
Dumfries, VA 22026

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
Fairfax, VA 22030

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.

Northern Neck

Middle Peninsula Rental Assistance Office

5800 Fiddlers Green Road
Gloucester, VA 23061

Virginia Beach and Surrounding Areas

H.E.L.P Inc.

P.O. Box 190
Hampton, VA 23669

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
Chesapeake, VA 23230

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
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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
Bealeton, VA 22712

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
Warrenton, VA 20188

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.

Southwest Virginia

Wise County Housing Authority Rental Assistance Program

107 Litchfield St. NW
Coeburn, VA 24230

Dickenson County Rental Assistance

153 Courthouse Lane
Clintwood, VA 24228

Fredericksburg and Surrounding Areas

Thurman Brisben Center

471 Central Road
Fredericksburg. VA 22401

Description: Center provides comprehensive programs and services to assist individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless or have recently become homeless.


State Assistance

Food Stamps

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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a US citizen
  • You must be a resident of the State of Virginia
  • Must have a current bank balance of less than $2,001
  • For individuals living with a person over the age of 60, or a person with a disability, one must have a current bank balance of less than $3,001
  • Individuals that can work and are between the ages of 18 to 50 may be subject to a work requirement in order to receive SNAP
  • One must have an annual household income of less than $14,079 ( for one individual), and an additional $4,862

Can apply online at:

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:

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?

  • Women: Pregnant, Post-Partum or Breast-feeding
  • Infants: Under one year of age (birth to 11 months)
  • Children: Under 5 years of age – once child turns five, they are no longer 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:

  1. Proof of income.
  2. Proof of identification
  3. Proof of residency – ex. Utility bill or other item with name and address
  4. Shot record listing all shots given to children by doctor, clinic or medical facility
  5. Your child must come with you if the appointment is for him or her
  6. WIC ID folder – if you have been on WIC before or now have someone in the WIC program.

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