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Emergency Resources

I am often contacted by constituents who need emergency assistance due to a crisis or natural disaster. Below is a list of local government agencies and organizations that can help folks in need, including local Social Services offices.

These offices administer federal, state and local public assistance and social work service programs. Financial and social services assistance include: Fuel and Energy Assistance (Heating, Cooling and Crisis), Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare. They also assist with SNAP and TANF programs.


Chesterfield -

Essex -

Gloucester -

Hanover -

Henrico -

James City -

King and Queen -

King William -

Lancaster -

Mathews -

Middlesex -

New Kent -

Northumberland -

Richmond County -

Westmoreland -

Williamsburg -

York -


Below is a list of local government and non- profit organizations that also provide emergency assistance to constituents in need:

Catholic Charities – provides counseling, emergency financial assistance, family transitional housing, jobs ministry, food pantry, migration and refugee services, immigration services and senior services.

Catholic Charities Richmond Diocese:

The United Way provides many services including but not limited to free tax preparation, free financial coaching, assistance with reducing costs of prescription medication, free, access to information and referrals for health services, assistance with homelessness.

The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg serves Hanover, Henrico and Chesterfield counties.

Salvation Army – provide housing and homeless assistance, housing and homeless assistance, hunger relief, grocery and food assistance and utility assistance.

Virginia Cares Uninsured Program – a free program in partnership with the Patient Advocate Foundation and the Commonwealth of Virginia for those who are uninsured and are having access to healthcare issues. 1-800-532-5274 or


Virginia Housing Development Authority – a free service by the state of Virginia that helps veterans and Virginians find a home to fit your needs and budget.

Veteran Housing and Homeless Services – the federal Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Hotline at 1-877-424-3838;

USDA Section 504 loans and grants – provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. 


disAbility Law Center – protection and advocacy for Virginians with disabilities. An advocate is on duty Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday s 8:30am-4pm. 800-552-3962;

Legal Services Corporation – provides financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.

Legal assistance for veterans – this link contains a listing of state and national legal services for veterans.

Virginia State Bar Pro Bono/Access to Legal Services - an agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia, provides Virginians of modest means with information about pro bono legal services.


Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) – a program that assists low income individuals who have a tax dispute with the IRS. LITCs can represent you before the IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection matters and other tax disputes. Also provides services to taxpayers who are who speak English as a second language (ESL). LITC services are free or low cost for eligible taxpayers.

LITC map

The Community Tax Law Project – provides free legal help to Virginia’s low wage families and individuals experiencing economic harm because of a tax problem.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) -- offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS – certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electron filing to qualified individuals.

Tax Counsel for the Elderly (TCE) – offers free tax tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.


Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs,

Disabled American Veterans- Virginia,


Tips to prepare for hazardous weather:

  • Know your zone. Evacuation may become necessary depending on the track and severity of a storm. Review Virginia’s evacuation zones at Users can enter their physical address in the search bar of the website to view and confirm their designated evacuation zone.

  • Complete a family communication plan. Prepare for how you will assemble and communicate with your family and loved ones. Identify meeting locations and anticipate where you will go. Federal Emergency Management Agency guidance on family communications plans is available here.

  • Check your insurance coverage. There may be a waiting period (typically 30 days) for a flood insurance policy to become effective. Be aware that not all storm-related losses, such as flooding, are covered under traditional policies. Now is the time to review your coverage and contact your insurance agent for any changes. If you are not insured against floods, talk to your insurance agent or visit If you are a renter, now is the time to ensure you have adequate coverage to protect your belongings.

  • Make an emergency kit. Assemble an emergency kit that includes nonperishable food, water, medication, sanitary supplies, radios, extra batteries, and important documents. Click here to learn more about building an emergency supply kit.

  • Stay informed. Identify where to go for trusted sources of information during emergencies. Check with your local emergency management office to sign up for alerts that go directly to your phone or email. Be sure to monitor local news for watches and warnings in your area and follow directions of local officials. Power outages are always a concern during weather events – make sure you have a battery-operated radio available so you can still receive life-saving alerts.

There are many resources available to assist with hurricane planning efforts. For more information on preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters, visit and

Resources by Region: 


Financial Assistance for Individuals-Hanover/Ashland

Emergency Services - Ashland, Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.)- Financial Assistance, rent, medications, and utilities. Requires cut off notices and eviction notice for rent.


Catholic Charities - (804) 285-5986 Food Pantry operates Tuesday-Thursday 9AM-12Noon. Serves all age groups living in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, and Powhatan.

Salvation Army of Central VA (804) 225-7470 Serving Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond (Food)

Hanover Safe Place-Food Pantry, 629A North Washington Highway Ashland VA, 23005, Phone: 804-752-2728

Richmond, Commonwealth Catholic Charities: 511 West Grace Street Richmond VA 23220, (804)648-4177

Richmond Rapid Re-Housing Services, St. Joseph's Villa (serving Hanover)- rapid re-housing assistance. 804-553-3259 (Intake)8000 Brook Road 

Richmond, VA 23227


Housing/Homeless Assistance

Proclaiming grace outreach at Tabernacle United Methodist (has food pantry and clothing)

P.O Box 121 Tabernacle Road

Barhamsville, VA 23011

PH: 757-566-0659

Quin Rivers Homeless Intervention Program (HIP)

10718 Ballantraye Dr. Suite 402

Fredericksburg, VA 22407

PH: 540-479-4363

Commonwealth Catholic Charities-804-648-4177 (Homeless Point of Entry)

Food Pantries - New Kent

Good Neighbor Center of West Point
(804) 843-4594 Link Call for Hours
Liberty Baptist Church (804) 966-2659 Link Call for Hours
New Hope Pantry (804) 932-3967 Link Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30am
New Kent Senior Citizen Food Pantry (804) 337-1031 N/A Tuesday & Friday
9:30 - 11:00am
Proclaiming Grace Outreach Tabernacle Methodist Church (757) 566-0659 Link First & Third Friday
4:00 - 6:00pm
Providence United Methodist (804) 932-4973 Link Monday - Friday
9:00am - 1:00pm
West Point Mobile Food Pantry N/A N/A 3rd Thursday
11:00am - 12:00pm


Financial Aid-Williamsburg and Gloucester

United Way Greater Williamsburg-113 Palace Ln Suite F, Williamsburg, VA 23185, (757) 253-2264

Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg- 151 Kristiansand Dr #109, Williamsburg, VA 23188- Phone: (757) 229-6651

Salvation Army Gloucester-7057 Linda Cir, Hayes, VA 23072- Phone: (804) 642-3443

Food - Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Salvation Army Williamsburg Corps- Food Pantry

Address:151 Kristiansand Drive Suite 115 Williamsburg VA 23188- Phone:(757)229-6651

Williamsburg, Saint Bede Outreach Center-Williamsburg House of Mercy10 Harrison Avenue 

Williamsburg, VA 23185 - 757-253-0664

Provides financial assistance, homeless prevention and assistance, food, and diapers. Case Advocates provide confidential assistance and counseling. Call for an appointment. Food and diapers available once a month without an appointment.

Family Shelter- Norfolk, Central Intake, ForKids 

Address: 4200 Colley Avenue Suite A Norfolk VA 23503- Phone:(757)622-6400

Natasha House (Yorktown)- for women and children seeking transitional residency 757) 898-1993

Menchville House Ministries, Inc.- Newport News, VA 23609, 757-833-5980

18 month homeless shelter for up to 16 women and 30 children where residents are offered programs to help them return to self-sufficiency. Must be drug and alcohol free and look for work, pay HUD mandated rent.

H.E.L.P. Inc. - Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions, Inc - Hampton, VA, (757) 727-2577


Central Virginia Food Bank:

Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Community Services Board:


Essex County Homeless Organization (their website doesn’t work, this is their Facebook page):

Northern Neck Food Bank (serving Essex, Richmond, Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Middlesex):

Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board:

Tappahannock Free Clinic:

Lancaster Health Department (no website available): 804-462-5197

Northumberland County Homeless Services:

Central Virginia Food Bank: