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Rent assistance programs Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth Virginia.

Get help with paying rent in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Programs can assist Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach individuals with paying their monthly rent, security deposits, and avoiding evictions.

A number of local churches, non-profit agencies, charities as well as government programs operate across the entire region, and can help the low income in what is known as Hampton Roads Virginia. The primary goal is to help people avoid an eviction and the resulting homelessness. In addition, often times counselors can help individuals get back on track over the long term by offering low income housing and other support. The non-profit agencies usually have limited funding for paying rent and housing costs, so it is best to call for and apply for help early, before you are served an eviction notice.

The Planning Council
Center address - 130 West Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Phone: 625-2855
The non-profit provides financial assistance and grants for paying rent, housing expenses (such as mortgage and energy bills) to local individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulties or hardships.

Urban League of Hampton Roads, which is located at 830 Goff Street in Norfolk, Virginia and can be reached at (757)226-7589, offers rent and housing counseling, and landlord-tenant dispute resolutions services. They may have referrals to shelters or loan programs for certain one time rental expenses.

Loving and Caring for the Homeless
Telephone number - 430-4101
Virginia Beach, Virginia
This location offers shelter, free food, housing, and other forms of low income rent help and housing, including referrals.




Peninsula Rescue Mission
3700 Huntington Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23607
Dial for help - 380-6909
Runs a shelter for those in need and homeless.

Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition, Inc. (PARC), Located at Methodist Church
442 Jamestown Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23705
Dial 393-7848 for information on rental assistance.

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation ((757) 385-5736) as offers up to 18 months of rent help from a homeless prevention program. Also speak to a counselor for credit counseling, debt reduction, and referrals.

PARC Place Shelter for Homeless Families
Address of location - 1900 Columbus Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone number - 393-4246
A shelter is run by Portsmouth Area Resource Coalition. Get food, clothing,  job counseling, shelter, housing and rent counseling, and meals. The non-profit accepts referrals only from the Crisis Center, Portsmouth Virginia Department of Social Services, and churches.





STOP covers the Hampton Roads region, including Norfolk. The non-profit community action can offer referrals to free legal aid, food, low income apartments, and emergency rental assistance. Low income families and seniors take priority for any funds to pay rent or a security deposit. (757)858-1360. More information on Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project housing assistance.

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia has limited financial aid or loans for paying rent, mortgages and other bills. It is for individuals who are otherwise self-sufficient but have a one time crisis event. The rent help is from the Regional Crisis Hotline. Telephone - 757-587-4202 or (757)456-2366.

Little Creek Fleet and Family Support Center is for military members. They can get relocation assistance and information on housing. Loans for military service members can pay for rent, moving costs, and the security deposit on the new home or apartment. (757)462-7563.

Portsmouth Resources Coalition serves only that city. One time, emergency rental assistance may be offered to those facing homelessness. Phone - (757)397-5208

Army Relief would only have rent and financial help for veterans, current soldiers, and their families that are in the greater Hampton Roads area. Federal government grants can help with housing needs, ranging from mortgages to rent or energy costs. Military members/veterans can dial (866)878-6378.

Portsmouth Social Services - Emergency Assistance Office
Address - 1701 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Telephone - 405-1800
A variety of assistance and social services are administered by the government agency. Some of the services and resources offered to the community can help low income meet basic human needs and the programs can even offer opportunities for self sufficiency. The assistance programs are primarily directed at helping those facing eviction as well as the homeless, particularly low income families with children.

The primary method they meet this goal is through a wide array of homeless prevention programs. In addition, get emergency financial assistance for paying for rent, food, and electric bills. All of this aid is offered to those facing eviction and/or homelessness.

Church of the Ascension
Address is 4853 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
They only cover the Virginia Beach area and residents. Call (757) 495-1886
Social services, homeless shelters, financial help for rental arrears, free furniture, and other assistance may be offered based on funding levels.

Portsmouth Christian Outreach Ministries
Located at 910 7th Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone numbers to call - 397-4570
They are a church organization whose hours of operation are Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm. The location will offer transitional housing for single unaccompanied females or males who are both homeless and they also need to be working at least 35 hours per week. Rent is due but is income based. The program participants will also receive case management services. Note that the church does not provide temporary housing, shelter or rental assistance. The center will also offer food to those in need. Recipients applicants for this must start calling at 10:30 am for reservations. All callers and applications are served on a first come, first served basis.





Operation Homefront-Hampton Roads Chapter is for military families. Apply for furniture, household items, moving expenses, disaster relief, and rent. Advice may be offered too to try to prevent an eviction. 751 Thimble Shoalls Dr. Ste.K, Newport News, Virginia (757)806-6150.

Community Resources Network - (CRN)
100 Outlaw Street
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone number - 382-2000 or 382-2346
The not-for profit serves needy and low income Chesapeake Virginia residents. Programs provide emergency financial assistance, services of food, shelter, clothing, or emergency cash grants for rent or bills.

Oasis Social Ministry
Location is 800 Williamsburg Ave
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
(757) 397-6060
Assistance for the homelessness, elderly, single mothers and vulnerable. Everything from emergency rent help to money for utilities, clothing, storage cost or moving help and more. They also help with placement into shelters or transitional housing.

Eastern Hampton Roads and Virginia Legal aid
Free lawyers help low income tenants, minorities, and the elderly with housing issues. Referrals to rent help, free legal aid for landlord-tenant disputes, help in housing court and more.
Two offices - 30 West Queens Way, Hampton, Virginia 23669, dial (757) 275-0080 or call the office at 125 St. Paul's Blvd., Ste. 400, Norfolk, VA 23510, phone (757) 627-5423.

Norfolk and Portsmouth Salvation Army. There are two locations, including:

  • 201 West 21st Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23517, Phone: 455-9677
  • 5516 Raby Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23502, Phone: 461-7646
  • 2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA 23701, Phone (757)393-2519

The agencies serve people of all backgrounds, religions, and ages. A large number of programs are offered. Those that focus on housing needs include rental assistance, furniture, shelter, and other household items. They can also refer people to other programs, including federal government and state of Virginia rent and housing assistance. Case management is offered too.

Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers, rent subsidized homes or apartments, home buying help, and other low income programs are part of the regional Housing authorities. They help the very low income with income based homes, in which 30% of income goes to pay rent and utility costs. Public Housing, vouchers, and other aid is arranged.

  • Hampton Housing Authority, 1 Franklin Street, Suite 603, Hampton, VA 23669, phone: (757) 727-6337
  • Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority is at 3001 Welcome Rd, Chesapeake, Virginia 23324. Call (757) 233-6728

Ghent Area Ministry, located in Norfolk Virginia, (757) 622-0438, can provide limited amounts of financial assistance for those in danger of eviction from their home or apartment.





Virginia Beach low income and rent help is provided by Catholic Charities Of Eastern Virginia, Inc. Phone (757) 757-587-4202. The charity organization is involved in providing caring services to all people of all faiths, backgrounds, and religions.

They work closely with the Roman Catholic Church as well as the greater Hampton Roads Community to offer counseling, rent or mortgage assistance, and other support. The lead agency, the Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc. responds to the needs of families and individuals. Access homeless prevention programs and emergency financial aid for rent or other bills.

By Jon McNamara

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