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    COVID-19: Housing

    Local government related postponements, cancellations and community services related the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted or linked on this page for the foreseeable future. Please check back often for updated information.To submit updates or new information please email us.


    Legal Assistance

    Virginia Legal Aid


    Services for Homelessness

    The Central Virginia Continuum of Care continues to work to ensure homelessness in our community is rare, brief, and nonrecurring. During this time of crisis, the hotline for persons at-risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness, Coordinated Homeless Intake and Access (CHIA), will continue to operate 24/7 and provide diversion, referral, safety screening and shelter assignment. Please call CHIA at (434) 455-5722 if you are imminently facing homelessness or are currently homeless.Visit their website for more information.

    Additional resources regarding COVID-19.


    Human Services

    Social Services Customers: If you only are coming to the office to bring in paperwork, you are encouraged to email your verification to your social worker or use the drop box by the curb to leave paperwork. The box will be emptied several times each day and you will be be contacted by your worker if there are any questions or requests for additional paperwork. Social Services main contacts

    March 31, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE
    In response to Governor Northam’s recent Stay at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lynchburg’s Human Services Building, located at 99 Ninth Street, will close to the public effective Thursday, April 2 until further notice.

    • Benefits and services will continue to be provided as needed.
    • Residents may continue to apply for benefits online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov.
    • For information regarding SNAP, TANF and Medicaid, call toll free (855) 636-4379.
    • Those who need to speak with someone at the Human Services Department can call the main number, (434) 455-5850.

    During these stressful times, there may be an increase in incidents of suspected child or adult abuse. Anyone who has concerns or is a victim of such abuse should contact the appropriate local office: Child Protective Services (434) 455-5726; Adult Protective Services (434) 455-5840. Anyone who is in immediate danger should call 911.
     
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