Unemployment insurance has been made more accessible to the growing number of individuals who have lost their jobs or had hours significantly reduced due to the pandemic. For more information and to apply online for these benefits visit the Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia's State Regulatory Agency has directed utilities, such as electric, natural gas and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections until August 31, 2020 to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by COVID-19.
If you are unable to pay your rent or mortgage due to COVID-19 see if you might be eligible for financial assistance www.stayhomevirginia.com
If you are currently experiencing, or at risk of facing (in the next 14 days), a housing crisis you can call the Housing Helpline (540) 358-5801
Federal protections are in place to protect eligible renters from eviction through the end of the year but you must notify your landlord in writing to qualify - find out more information and useful templates HERE
Renters - if you are facing eviction or if you have questions about your rights, contact your local legal aid by calling 1-866-LEGL-AID or get legal advice from the Eviction Legal Helpline by calling 1-833-NoEvict or visit www.LegalAidWorks.org for more information.
Homeowners - If your loan is federally backed (Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac), you can request 'forbearance' (temporary postponement of mortgage payments) for 180 days - contact your mortgage lender directly or www.vplc.org
To find free food distribution sites organized by local school districts visit the School Meal Finder
To find other community organizations distributing food text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
For food assistance program eligibility through Social Services visit CommonHelp
Pet food and supplies for your furry companions visit Fred SPCA or call (540) 898 1500
The Department of Medical Assistance Services has made changes to support people who are currently enrolled in Medicaid to ensure cost is not a barrier to treatment during this public health emergency. To more information on affordable health insurance options CoverVA. To learn more about other health benefits or apply online visit CommonHelp.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have COVID-19, it is important to contact your local health department using this website from the VDH: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/health-department-locator/ Additionally, VDH has great resources and support on their website here: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/resources-and-support/
Financial assistance on hospital bills is available for patients of Mary Washington Hospital – to see if you might be eligible for their patient discounts download the info sheet.
For individuals who are currently without health-insurance (or are covered by Medicaid) and in need of healthcare, the Lloyd F Moss Free Clinic is available to local residents. Call (540) 741-1061 and select Option #1 to find out how to become a patient. Or visit https://mossfreeclinic.org
CVS and Walgreens are providing free delivery of prescription medications to the elderly and other vulnerable populations.
FamilyWize provides free prescription discount cards to everyone in our community. Visit the website for more information on FamilyWize
The Governor has issued guidance for child care centers to remain open while aligning with public health recommendations as closely as possible, although it is highly encouraged for parents to stay home with children if possible.
Temporary modifications have been made to the Child Care Subsidy Program to increase support and flexibility to working parents. To get more information visit Child Care Assistance
The Treasure Department and Internal Revenue Service announced the federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15 to July 15,2020. For more information on free tax filing services visit www.RUWFreeTaxes.org
If you are a working household facing financial hardship from the effects of closures and missed work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, call (540) 373-0041 x300 to see if you are eligible for financial assistance.
Find local resources quickly.
Our Quick Guide lists assistance programs serving the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.
This guide groups agencies according to the services and information they provide. This is a quick reference guide with a partial listing of services in Planning District 16 and does not include all the services provided by each agency. The information and content in this Quick Guide have been collected for the benefit of the community at large. Being included in the Quick Guide does not indicate Rappahannock United Way membership, funding or endorsement, nor does not being included imply disapproval. This is not an all-inclusive list and is updated monthly.
For: Anyone needing assistance
Provides: Information and Referrals (no direct financial assistance)
Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211virginia.org
This is a service available to anyone needing help, especially in times of crisis. It offers free access to information and referrals for health and human services. No direct financial assistance is provided by 2-1-1. However, 2-1-1 information and referral specialists can make referrals to agencies and services that may be able to help with a variety of needs.