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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services
Address is 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave., Unit 9
Alexandria, Virginia 22301
Telephone number – (703) 746-5975
Appalachian Community Action and Development Agency, Inc.
190 Beech Street, Suite 103
Gate City, VA 24251
This is the non-profit for the counties and regions including the city of Norton as well as the Counties of Scott, Lee and Wise. A big need from this center is on heating bill assistance and energy type programs.
Lee County, 119 Hill Street Jonesville, Virginia 24263, phone: 276-346-0054
Scott County AppCAA office is at 190 Beech Street, Suite 103 Gate City, VA 24251. Call 276-386-6441
Wise County and Norton center is at 147 Plaza S.W., Ste 229, Wise, VA 24293. Call 276-679-5988 for intake.
Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development
Office address – 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, Virginia 22201
The community action agency focuses on eviction prevention and rehousing, however other financial aid and referrals are available. Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development can provide information and referrals to a number of other government and non-profit programs. They include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Discounted Prescriptions, Child Care Subsidy, and Services for Disabled Adults. For example, there are also many medical resources in the region, including Medicaid and Medicare, Dental care, and Mental Health. Case managers can direct struggling residents to many of these resources. The main office of the department is 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201. Call (703) 228-3822 for details.
5306 Old Virginia Street
Urbanna, VA 23175
Regions and counties of Essex, Westmoreland, Gloucester, Lancaster, Matthews, Middlesex, Richmond, and Northumberland. Seniors are a focus, but other emergency services are offered. Programs include meals on Wheels, respite care, low income housing, and free legal aid, among others.
Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP)
1021 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA 23219
Call (804) 788-0050
Provides services for the City of Richmond, Petersburg, and Powhatan, as well as has information and referrals to Henrico County assistance. Some of what may be offered is emergency rental and utility bill assistance as well as job training. The homeless can explore rapid rehousing including funds for paying security deposits and help in locating a permanent home in the Henrico County area.
CAP UP locations include the following.
Washington Street United Methodist Church, 22 E. Washington Street, Petersburg, VA, dial 804-733-8102
A second center is at 1021 Oliver Hill Way, Richmond, Virginia 23219, telephone number (804) 788-0050
Clinch Valley Community Action – – Tazewell County
200 East Riverside Drive
North Tazewell, VA 24630
Commonwealth Community Action Partnership (Fauquier Community Action Committee), Inc.
Location is 50 Sullivan Street, Suite A
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Call (540) 347-7000
Low income families of Fauquier, Loudon, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Prince William, and Rappahanok County can apply here.
Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro
250 S. Wayne Avenue
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Call (540) 942-6757 for intake.
This is a regional center that covers this area. It is not a dedicated agency.
11484 Washington Plaza West
Reston, VA 20190
Supports Fairfax County Virginia. Services include EnergyShare, a shelter, food pantry and Emergency financial aid for rent and other needs, including basic health care. Other services include free foreclosure counseling and financial literacy.
Cornerstones has a few main offices in the county. They include.
Emergency & Self-Sufficiency Services Program center, which offers Food, Financial & Urgent Assistance, is located at 11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 120, Reston, VA 20190. Call 571-323-1400.
Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170. Phone 703-435-6830
Connections for Hope Partnership, 1141 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170, call 703-435-6830 for information.
Emergency Shelter is located at Embry Rucker Community Shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190, telephone 703-437-1975.
County of Loudoun, Department of Family Services
102 Heritage Way, NE, Suite 102
Leesburg, VA 20176
Call (703) 777-0353
Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging CAA
Main address is 5432 Bay Side Road
Exmore, VA 23350
A number of low income resources and programs are offered. Some help is focused on seniors as well. The agency covers counties of Accomack and Northampton. Call for information on job training, food, and homeless prevention.
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Telephone number – (703) 222-0880
The largest community action agency in the state of Virginia. May have direct assistance, and can help people apply for Virginia or federal government public aid, including grant or loan programs for housing expenses and bills.
Fairfax County Department of Family Services locations are noted below.
Pennino Building – Human Services Center which is at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Lake Anne, 11484 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190
Heritage Center, West Wing, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309
Cameron Glen, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190
Goochland County Department of Social Services
Location is 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Suite 200
Goochland, VA 23063-0034
Call (804) 556-5880
Hope Community Services, Inc.
Address is 103 South Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901
Telephone: (434) 315-8990
Counties covered are Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Lunenburg, and Nottoway. Call the community action agency for information on weatherization, job placement, and many other financial aid programs.
Lynchburg Community Action Group
926 Commerce Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone (434) 846-2778
This non-profit offers resources, including employment services, for people in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox Bedford and Campbell as well as cities of Bedford and Lynchburg.
Other support is offered too. Lynchburg Community Action Group Locations are as follows.
926 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504, call (434) 846-2778
915 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504, phone no: (434) 455-1601
Bedford County, 403 Otey Street, Suite B-6, Bedford, VA 24523, call (540)587-8990
Appomattox County, including the counties of Prince Edward and Charlotte, Warren Warwick, 301 Morton Lane Appomattox, Virginia 24522, (434) 352-0656
Amherst County, 100 Goodwin Street, Amherst, VA 24521, call (434) 946-9352
Monticello Area Community Action Agency
Main address – 1025 Park Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Call (434) 295-3171
Supports counties and City of Charlottesville as well as the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, and Fluvanna. Low income housing, weatherization, and energy bill assistance from LIHEAP are offered. Other assistance includes rent/eviction prevention, funds for deposits, and information on government housing, such as section 8 vouchers.
Locations of Monticello Area Community Action Agency – MACAA are as follows.
- Fluvanna County, P. O. Box 371, Fork Union, VA 23028, call 434/842-2521
- Louisa County, P. O. Box 826, Louisa, Virginia 23093, telephone 540/967-9522
- Nelson County, P. O. Box 633, Lovingston, VA 22949, main number is 434/263-8119
- City of Charlottesville MACAA office is 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901, call 434-295-3171
Mountain Community Action Program, Inc.
Mailing address – P.O. Drawer 1008
Marion, Virginia 24354
Call (276) 783-7337
Administers resources and services in Bland, Smyth, and Wythe. Examples of what is offered can include LIHEAP applications or more federal resources, such as Head Start or weatherization services. They also offer eviction prevention, and the community action agency can also help clients locate transitional housing.
New River Community Action, Inc.
Main address is 644 West Main Street
Radford, Virginia 24141
Call (540) 633-5133
Counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulask as well as city of Radford can call this non-profit.
The community action agency has a few different locations. River Community Action assist low-income, homeless and other people from the following.
- Floyd County: the address is 220 Parkway Lane, PO Box 849, Floyd, VA 24091. Call 745-2102.
- Montgomery County, 110 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073. Dial 382-6186
- Radford City, 928 West Main Street, Radford, Virginia 24141, 731-6994.
- Giles County – The main address is 1410 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA 24134. Call 921-2146 or 921-2263 for intake.
- Pulaski County, 412 N. Jefferson Ave, Pulaski, VA 24301. telephone 980-5525 or 980-0038.
Office of Human Affairs
Location of office is 2410 Wickham Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Main phone – (757) 247-0379
Cities of Hampton and Newport News. The community action agency offers funds for bills such as rent and housing costs from the emergency services program. Other resources include low income housing, referrals to government benefits in Virginia, food stamps applications and job training.
The main locations of Office of Human Affairs are 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, Virgina 23607, (Telephone: (757) 247-0379) as well as 392 Maple Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, phone (757) 247-6747.
People Incorporated of Virginia
1173 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Supports the Virginia cities of Bristol, Manassas, as well as Manassas Park. Programs are also for the counties of Buchanan, Clarke, Dickenson, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Prince William, Rappahanok, Russell, Shenandoah, Warren, and Washington. Partners with area aging offices for senior assistance, and they administer their own resources as well. This is one of the larger Virginia agencies.
Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
514 N. Main Street
Chatham, VA 24531
Telephone number – (434) 432-8250
Programs are offered for the Cities of Danville and Martinsville; Counties of Henry and Pittsylvania. Call to speak to a case manager on what they can do, if anything, to help. Various programs are offered for the low income, such as Head Start or apply for weatherization.
Powhatan County Department of Social Services
3908 Old Buckingham Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
Project Discovery of Virginia, Inc.
Main location is 1200 Electric Road
Salem, VA 24153-0009
Quin Rivers, Inc.
New Kent, Virginia 23124
Telephone: (808) 966-8720
If you live in Charles City County, King William, King and Queen, New Kent, or Caroline, call this non-profit organization. They offer eviction prevention in the form of emergency rent or energy bill help. Other services include low interest loans for starting a small business, a mobile food pantry, and job training from Career Ready 101.
Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program
206 N. Main St.
Galax, Virginia 24333
Main telephone: (276) 236-7131
Services are for the city of Galax as well as surrounding counties of Carroll and Grayson.
Skyline Community Action Program
Mailing address is P.O. Box 588
Madison, VA 22727
Phone number to call for information is (540) 948-2237
Counties supported are Orange, Greene, and Madison. For more information on this community action agency and the grants as well as job training they administer contact their office. There are a few offices of Skyline Community Action, or SKY CAP. They include the Greene Office, which can be reached at 434-985-6066 as well as the center in Madison. Call 540-948-2237 for information.
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.
Main address – 347 Campbell Avenue, SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Operates resources for all of Virginia, with a focus on rural programs.
Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project, Inc. (STOP)
Main address is 2551 Almeda Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23513
Dial (757) 858-1360
Regions supported are counties of Southampton and Isle of Wright as well as cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin, Norfolk, Virginia Beach. Use the job finding programs, or learn about homeless prevention and emergency food. A combination of government grants or private funds, such as loans, can be used for rental expenses, energy bills, and other basic needs such as food.
Support to Eliminate Poverty (STEP)
Address – 200 Dent Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Both Franklin and Patrick County.
The Improvement Association
Address is 1750 East Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847
Phone – (434) 634-2490
Programs are for City of Emporia, Surry, Sussex, Brunswick, and also Greenville.
Telamon of Virginia
The non-profit services the majority of the state. They offer resources such as loans for home repairs, weatherization, as well as mortgage and rent delinquency counseling. There may be some grants available for housing or rental expenses.
Virginia locations (most of state)
- 5501 Patterson Ave, Suite 102, Richmond, VA 23226, (804) 355-4676
- 1332D Piney Forest Rd, Danville, VA 24540, telephone (434) 770-4677
Total Action Against Poverty, or Progress, Inc. (TAP)
145 Campbell Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24001
Telephone: (540) 345-6781
Residents and low income families in cities of Buena Vista, Clifton Forge, Covington, Lexington, Roanoke, or Salem can call. Services are also for the Virginia counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke, and Rockbridge. Limited emergency financial assistance may be offered, or apply for government and public aid. Total Action for Progress is based at 302 2nd Street SW in Roanoke, VA 24011. Call 540-777-HOPE
Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.
1176 Huell Matthews Highway
South Boston, VA 24592
Counties of Halifax, South Boston, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg should call this location. They offer resources such as Supportive Services for Veteran Families, free medical care, and job placement in Virginia.
There are a few main locations. Call for referrals or support.
- Main Office of the non-profit is at 1176 Huell Matthews Hwy., South Boston VA 24592. Call (434)575-7916 for intake.
- South Hill Office of Tri County CAA – 1365 Danville Street, South Hill, VA 23970, dial (434)447-5060
- Charlotte Office address is 400 Thomas Jefferson Hwy., Charlotte Court House, Virginia 23923
Virginia CARES – Community Action Re-Entry System, Inc.
108 Henry Street, NW, Third Floor
Roanoke, VA 24016
Call (540) 342-9344 for information.
Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Agency
Center is located at 312 Waller Mill Rd., Suite 405
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185-3006
The center is for residents of county of James City as well as City of Williamsburg. The non-profit agency offers emergency rental and security deposit assistance, free Christmas assistance, legal aid, and other support services to the community.
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