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Emergency assistance funds provide some Hampton Roads families with rent, utility payments amid pandemic

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Posted at 7:15 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 08:00:37-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Hampton Roads Community Action Program announced the availability of emergency assistance funds through its partnership with the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula.

As part of this initiative, HRCAP received an initial grant of $16,700 to assist families directly impacted by the Coronavirus outreach and unable to pay rent and utilities.

Each eligible household may receive up to $750 in financial assistance exclusively for rent and necessary utility payments, including electricity, water/sewer, and gas.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Permanent residency in Gloucester, Hampton, James City County, Mathews, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, or York County
  • Household income was directly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak by loss of employment, other income, or added unforeseen expenses

“HRCAP is committed, now more than ever, to serving the community through this pandemic. We are seeing more families — some who may not have needed our services in the past — come to us for help, and we continue to adapt our programs to be responsive to the needs of our most vulnerable populations,” said Edith G. White, CEO of HRCAP. “We are grateful for strategic partners like the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. Together, we can expand our footprint to help keep families housed safely and securely.”

In addition to helping families remain housed, HRCAP recently expanded services to reach individuals and families in the community, which include outdoor mobile showers for the homeless, free Wi-Fi services for customers without connectivity to apply for job opportunities, and helping to support parents home-schooling their children during this public health crisis.

For a complete list of updated services or for more information on emergency assistance funds, this link or call the HRCAP administrative office at (757) 247-0379 option 0, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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