Rappahannock United Way

3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408    |    (540) 373-0041

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Employment Benefits

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

Utilities

The State Corporation Commission has issued an order directing utilities, such as electric, natural gas and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by COVID-19.

Housing

Renters - the Supreme Court of Virginia has prohibited new non-emergency evictions for tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19.  If you are facing eviction, if your landlord attempts to lock you out without taking you to court, 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. Visit www.LegalAidWorks.org for more information.

Homeowners - If your loan is backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, your lender cannot foreclose on you for 60 days after March 18, 2020.

FHA loans also have a 60-day ban on foreclosures starting March 18, and loans under the USDA Single-Family Housing programs have a 60-day ban on foreclosures starting March 19. Check your loan documents for references to these programs to see if your loan qualifies. For more information visit www.LegalAidWorks.org

If you are currently experiencing, or at risk of facing (in the next 14 days), a housing crisis you can call the Homelessness Helpline (540) 358-5801

Food 

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 

Health Coverage 

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/ 

Prescription Assistance 

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 

Child Care 

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 

Tax Filing 

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 

Financial Assistance 

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) 358-5801 to see if you are eligible for Rappahannock United Way’s ALICE Assistance Fund.   

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Quick Guide

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.