The Helpers Organization Community Resources & Homeless Prevention Support Services Program is an eviction prevention program to assist low-income residents who are currently in arrears in rent, mortgage, or utility assistance. It is designed to help prevent the incidence of homelessness throughout Hampton Roads.
When clients call or are referred to us, we already know that they may be in a difficult situation. Our Community Resource Advocates will work with them to identify their issues and help them find the services that can help. We also create plans for you teaming up with other local agencies and following up on our client’s progress.
There are no eligibility requirements for this service. Clients will be offered help for up to 60 days.
- Definition for Housing/Shelter Advocacy- Utilizing a case manager for 60 days to advocate for proper shelter/housing for you or your family. Offers services and emergency short-term assistance to individuals facing eviction or threat of eviction including, referrals for legal services, tenant/landlord mediation, and benefits advocacy
- Time limit? 60 days
- Age Restrictions? 18+
- Source of Income? 200% of poverty for families, 30% AMI for single adults
- Priority Populations? Households at-risk of homelessness
- Helps with Eviction Prevention? Yes/Provided Case Management Services are agreed upon
- Helps with Utility Assistant Arrears? Yes up to $75.00
- Available for Columbia Gas Customers Dollar Energy Fund
- Helps with Rental/Mortgages Arrears? Yes up to $100.00
- Helps Move-In Assistance? No
Definition for Financial counseling- Scheduling an appointment with you and a financial advisor to help set you a financial path to success.
Definition for Mediation with government agencies- To be your liaison during any contact you have with any governmental agency.
Definition for Applying for Entitlements- Completing applications and the overall process for you that you a citizen of the U.S. and the State of Virginia are entitled to. (Such as; SSI, SSDI, Child Support, State Benefits)
The Helpers Organization has a trained specialist on staff to answer and assess the client’s needs. A comprehensive database of social service agencies and their eligibility requirements is maintained to connect people with the most current resources in their community. By offering this service in-person only, anyone can have access to information on social service agencies, & governmental programs available in their community.
Services provided to homeless & low-income families/individuals include, but are not limited to: