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Community Assistance

Health, Housing, Transportation, and Food Assistance

Life's challenges can impact personal circumstances, and Hokie Wellness is here to assist employees in finding community assistance for basic necessities. Whether you're seeking information for emergency housing options, healthcare services, transportation assistance, or access to nutritious food, this list provides a variety of resources available to you.

Blacksburg Campus

The Community Health Center of the New River Valley provides medical, dental and mental health services through offices in Christiansburg, Dublin and Giles.

New River Family Shelter (NRFS) is the only scattered shelter program in the New River Valley that provides safe emergency housing to families and children.

New River Community Action (NRCA) Emergency Assistance Program offers a variety of temporary assistance for residents or transients who are 200% of poverty income or below who are experiencing financial crises. Some examples of crises that low-income people frequently face are: high utility bills, decrease in income, disabilities and chronic health issues, significant amounts of medical debt, housing costs greater than 50 percent of income, or homelessness. NRCA provides assistance with food, rent, mortgage, utility, heating fuel, medical, and gasoline to get to doctor or employment.

NRV Thrive’s Food Assistance Directory contains the details of food assistance programs across the New River Valley in the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski as well as the city of Radford.

Off Campus Housing through Studnt Engagement and Campus Life

The United Way of the New River Valley maintains a list of community assistance providers including: food banks, healthcare services, housing assistance, transportation assistance, senior services, and more.

In Virginia, Community Services Boards (CSBs) are the points of entry for publicly funded mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental services for intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech operates Meals on Main, which provides free meals to all children in the New River Valley.

State and National Resources

The Virginia State Employee Assistance Fund (VSEAF) provides grants to eligible state employees suffering from a financial crisis as a result of an unplanned emergency/or unplanned event that impacts the employee or family members living in the residence of the employee. The VSEAF is a recognized 501c(3) charity member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), Code 203040. Check to see if you qualify.

If you are outside of the New River Valley and need assistance, please contact Hokie Wellness. Employees living in Virginia but outside of the New River Valley may also call 2-1-1, text CONNECT to 247211, or visit to receive help finding local resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week.