My office is committed to helping you through this difficult time and rebuilding Virginia stronger. If you are struggling with government services, our office can work to resolve your issues and navigate the many new government programs. You can call us at 540.904.6905 or visit sam4va.com/help learn more about how we can help you.
Eleven Ways to Help the 11th District:
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The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) is designed to support and ensure housing stability across the commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes financial assistance for rent payments past due beginning April 1, 2020.
Rent & Mortgage Relief
Our Main Street businesses are the backbone of our Commonwealth. The General Assembly allocated additional funds to help small businesses recover. You can learn more about relief options at https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/about-us/news/covid19 or call us at 540.904.6905.
Small Business Support
Studies suggest that 45 percent of college students experience food insecurity, which means that they are purchasing less nutritious meals or forgoing some meals altogether. Among community college students, the problem is even more severe. Democrats increased access to our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) to include college students. To learn more, go to https://dss.virginia.gov/benefit/snapcollege.cgi, or call us at 540.904.6905.
Nutritional Assistance for College Students
We expanded Medicaid in 2018 allowing more than 500,000 Virginians to have access to quality health care. More adults in Virginia now have access to quality low-cost and no-cost health insurance. Virginians aged 19-64 can submit an application at any time of the year to get the healthcare they need so they don't have to worry about getting sick. Go to https://www.coverva.org/expansion/ or call us at 540.904.6905 to find out if you are eligible.
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH) is the Community Services Board serving adults, children and families with mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, or substance use disorders in the Roanoke Valley. To learn more you can call 540-343-3007, go to https://www.brbh.org/, or call us at 540.904.6905.
Health Care Services
No family should sacrifice their health needs based on financial limitations. The United Way of the Roanoke Valley has teamed up with FamilyWize to provide an average of 42% savings on prescription costs. To learn more, please visit https://www.uwrv.org/healthy-adults/familywize/, or call us at 540.904.6905.
No Virginian should be without access to cooling or heating. Applications for help with your heating and cooling bills or equipment needs are accepted online (at commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/), by calling (855) 635-4370, or at your local department of social services. You can learn more at https://dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ea/, or call us at 540.904.6905.
The USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse helps low-income people with food assistance. If you need help finding local food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (Spanish) to speak with a representative. You can also text “97779” to the automated service with a question that may contain a keyword such as “food,” “meals,” etc., to receive an automated response to local resources. You can also call us if you have any questions at 540.904.6905.