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    Lynchburg Cares

    In March of 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which made Federal funds available to local organizations to assist members of their communities. The City of Lynchburg established the Lynchburg Cares program to help citizens find the help they need.

    These organizations have received Federal Cares funding to assist with specific needs:

    Among the organizations in Lynchburg who have received federal CARES funds to provide assistance to local residents in need are Lynchburg Community Action Group (LynCAG), and Interfaith Outreach Association. Both of these groups are ready to provide help directly to qualifying individuals for rent/mortgage, utilities, and other essentials.

    Other organizations are here to help you during this time:

    More helpful organizations:

    These organizations have received Federal Cares funding to assist with specific needs:

    Lynchburg Community Action Group (Lyn-CAG)

    Lyn-CAG has served the community for more than 50 years through efforts to promote self-sufficiency and bring relief and encouragement to residents living in poverty. Lyn-CAG works in collaboration with area faith-based organizations, local governments, human and social service agencies, and other groups to support people in crisis, from children to seniors.

    (434) 455-1601
    915 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    CARES-Related Services: Rent/mortgage and utilities assistance

    Also assists with:

    • Affordable Rides
    • Employment Training
    • Childcare Services
    • Emergency Assistance & Intervention
    • Free Tax Prep & Earned Income Tax Credit
    • Transitional housing for homeless drug/alcohol addicted me [The Gateway Program]
    • Overnight housing for men, women, children, individuals, & families [Hand Up Lodge]
    • Housing for persons with AIDS [HOPWA]
    • Applying to College Assistance [Project Discovery]
    • Training and layers of support for prison inmates [VA CARES]
    • Preschool [Head Start]
    • Homeownership counseling [Housing Counseling]
    • Home maintenance and rehabilitation assistance

    Required Documentation for Emergency Assistance

    You must provide the following documentation:

    • Electric: A Disconnect Notice and provide proof of income for all household members.
    • Water: A Cut-Off Notice and provide proof of income for all household members.
    • Rent: An Eviction Notice from the Landlord and provide proof of income for all household members.

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    Interfaith Outreach Association

    Interfaith Outreach Association provides emergency assistance to the individuals and families facing difficult situations. They work with individuals and families to assist their needs, provide support when possible, and point the way to programs and resources that can help to improve their situation.

    (434) 846-6098
    701 Clay Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)

    CARES-Related Services: Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)

    Also assists with:

    • Utility terminations
    • Evictions
    • First month’s rent
    • Security deposits for utilities
    • Toiletries
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Holiday assistance

    Required Documentation for Emergency Assistance

    You must provide the following documentation:

    • Photo identification
    • Social security card
    • Proof of income for the last 30 days (this includes disability, child support, unemployment, food stamps and social security) for all persons living in the household
    • Receipts for bills that have been paid, and/or major purchases made with the income over the last 30 days
    • The utility termination or eviction notice that they need assistance with
    • Their most recent Notice of Action letter that states what their SNAP and/or TANF benefit is per month

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    Other organizations are here to help you during this time:

    Lynchburg Daily Bread

    721 Clay Street. Lynchburg, VA 24504

    For 38 years, Lynchburg Daily Bread has provided a free, hot meal every day of the year from our commercial kitchen in downtown Lynchburg. We are adapting due to COVID-19 and are serving all meals “to go” with minimal contact. In 2019, we served 78,689 meals to the homeless and hungry of our community, the most ever in our history. Our office hours are 6:30am-12:30pm, 7 days a week. We serve a free, nutritious lunch 365 days a year. Everyone is welcome! Guests may have as many servings as they wish. More than 98% of our food is donated from local colleges, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

    The following meals outreach sites are free and open to the public:

    • Thursdays at English Park, Altavista 11:15am – 206 Pittsylvania Ave., Altavista 24517
    • Wednesdays at 10am at Raintree Village Apts – 720 Blue Ridge Rd., Bedford 24523
    • Wednesdays at noon at James Crossing Apts – 808 Greenfield Dr., Lynchburg 24501
    • Fridays at 11:30 at Dearington Apts – 425 Hunt St., Lynchburg, 24501
    • Fridays at noon at Birchwood Apts – 3000 Hillside Ct., Lynchburg, 24501
    • Saturday mornings at 9:30am at Pamplin Community Center (Ruritan Ballfields) – 2732 Pamplin Rd., Pamplin 23958

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    Lighthouse Community Center

    (434) 847-5050
    1310 Church Street Lynchburg, VA 24504

    The Lighthouse Community Center serves people in crisis with basic necessities, support, encouragement, and remedial services that lead to self-sustaining and dignified lives.

    Services Include:

    • A day shelter, open daily from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Access to Clothing Closets, Hygiene Kits, Homeless Backpacks
    • Social Work Assessment and Navigation services
    • Professional Counseling Services by licensed counselors from Hope for Tomorrow
    • Hot Coffee bar with light snacks and water
    • Hot Buffet Lunch
    • Emergency Food Bank
    • Bikes for Individuals with transportation needs
    • Prison Ministry and monthly Freedom Celebration dinners
    • Workforce Development, Mentoring, Skill-Building
    • The Lighthouse Lodge (residential housing for non-veterans)
    • The Lighthouse Veterans’ Lodge (residential housing and resource center)

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    Parkview Community Mission

    (434) 845-8468
    2420 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg VA 24501


    • Community Resource Center
    • Food for Families (Pantry)
      • foodforfamilies@parkviewmission.org
      • Temporary Food Distribution - Thursdays & Saturdays 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
      • Office hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
      • During the pandemic Parkview is bringing carts of food to those waiting outside. Ordinarily, first-time visitors need to complete a Self-Declaration of Income form but that requirement has been waived. 
    • Food for Thought (school program)
      • Volunteers are needed to pack bags at our warehouse
      • Wednesdays 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
      • Saturdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am
      • The Plaza - lower level 2323 Memorial Ave., Suite 27 - Lynchburg, VA

    United Way Information Directory

    Dial 2-1-1

    United Way of Central Virginia’s 2-1-1 VIRGINIA information and referral center gathers facts on health and human services and provides information to individuals, families, agencies and organizations. The center acts as a central point of access to all human services. The 2-1-1 VIRGINIA staff knows where you can turn for help for a wide variety of needs, including:

    • Financial Assistance for Rent or Utilities
    • Basic Needs such as Food and Shelter
    • Legal Assistance
    • Mental Health Services
    • FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Security Plan)
    • Employment and many other services

    In addition, 2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides information on subjects like government agencies, recreation, support groups, domestic violence, welfare reform, maternal and child health issues, and many others that may be of interest to the public. How to Get Help We have trained Information and Referral Specialists available to discuss your needs and to help you determine the services that may be available to you. They can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 every day, 24 hours a day. The information and referrals we provide are free and confidential. If you are interested in locating services yourself, you may use the online database which provides a listing of programs serving the entire state of Virginia. You may browse the listing or search using the keywords at the beginning. Language translation is available. We also provide an array of publications, information, and other helpful pieces of literature.

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    Virginia Legal Aid Society

    (866) 534-5243
    513 Church St, Lynchburg, VA 24504

    Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm established in 1977 to provide free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents in 20 counties and six cities in Central, Southside, and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS serves these communities by providing free information, advice, and representation in such areas as housing, healthcare, income and benefits, family issues, consumer, and education. Their mission is to resolve the serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.

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    More organizations ready to help:

    Agape Center

    3026 Carroll Avenue. Lynchburg, Virginia


    • Tuesday & Friday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • 3rd Saturday of the month: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    The Agape Center provides mentoring support and meets a variety of basic needs by supplying essentials such as food, toiletries, household products, clothing, toys, housewares, and furniture. Contact the Center during normal business hours to complete the application and qualification process.

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    Amazing Grace Ministries

    (434) 847-3030
    2012 Grace St. Lynchburg, VA 24504

    Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 am

    They have a number of ministries available:

    • Our clothing closet has clothing for men, women, and children available free of charge.
    • Hot meals two days per week.

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    Community Access Network

    (434) 200-3366


    • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m
    • Weekends 8:30 am - 12:30 pm


    • Medicaid
    • Child care assistance
    • Housing assistance
    • Financial assistance

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    Department of Human Services

    (434) 455-5850

    Financial Programs & Services

    • Auxiliary Grant Program
    • Energy Assistance Program
    • Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan (FAMIS)
    • Food Stamp/SNAP Program (EBT)
    • Fraud Program General Relief Burial Assistance Program
    • Medical Assistance Program (MEDICAID)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - Unemployed Parent (TANF-UP)

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    Free Clinic of Central Virginia

    1016 Main Street Lynchburg, Virginia 24504


    • Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


    • Medical Care
    • Dental Care
    • Prescriptions & MedsHelp

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    Free Clinic Community Health Center

    800 5th Street  Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Lynchburg, VA 24504


    • Thursday: Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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    Johnson Health

    (434) 929-1400


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    Jubilee Family Development Center

    512 Florida Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24501-4112


    • After school programs
    • Adult Education Programs (GED, computer classes, etc.)
    • 3 Point Play Nutritional Education Program
    • Vocational Programs
    • Athletic Programs
    • Summer Enrichment Camp

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    Salvation Army

    2215 Park Ave. Lynchburg, Va 24501


    If you need assistance with utilities or rent we encourage you to make an appointment in advance. Please print all paperwork and bring to your appointment. You can go to SalvationArmyLynchburg.org for a list of paperwork needed to apply for assistance. To schedule an appointment, please call 434-845-5939.

    Documents needed for financial assistance:

    • Photo I.D.
    • Utility Termination Notice Bill – (Water, Gas, Electric – must be in name of person living in household, not landlord’s name)
    • Proof of All Household Income for Everyone living in household for past 30 days (Including: SNAP Notice of Action Letter, Child Support Income Report/TANF Letter, Social Security or Social Security Disability Letter, Unemployment, Retirement, etc.)
    • Receipts or Bank Statement to show expenses paid in past 30 days
    • Rental Eviction Notice, or 5-day Pay or Quit Notice
    • First Month Rental Assistance – Reviewed on a case-by-case basis​

    Sorry, we do not assist with utility deposits.

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