How to Receive Rental Assistance: 

Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter

Every Individual or Household who is seeking housing assistance must first contact Centralized Housing Intake at 

540-271-1701 to complete an intake assesment and receive a referral for housing assistance.            

Tenant Based Rental Assistance

This program is used to move household's currently in un-affordable housing into housing they can afford or to assist households who can typically afford their current housing but experienced a temporary financial crisis jeopardizing their housing stability (must have 5 Day Pay or Quit).  In most cases assistance is only provided for one partial month's rent and/or security deposit. 

Utilizes the 30-80% Income Limit as directed by HUD. 


Homeless Prevention 

This program keeps households in their homes if they are facing eviction and have an unlawful detainer.  It typically does not cover security deposits unless a household is forced to move due foreclosure of their rental unit or a similar event.  This program can only cover a maximum of 2 months back rent. 

Utilizes the 0-30% Income Limit as directed by HUD

Rapid Rehousing

This program aims to move literally homeless households into housing as quickly as possible when shelter stays are not required.  Households may qualify for up to 90 days of assistance and can be re-certified if funds are available and an ongoing need can be documented. 

Utilizes the 0-30% Income Limit as directed by HUD following the first 90 days of assistance. 

Emergency Shelter 

This program provides short-term hotel/motel vouchers for homeless households waiting on rental housing to become available.  Households must be able to secure housing within 10 days or less based on funding availability. 

** NEW**  Street Outreach

Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter has joined forces with other service agencies to send teams out into camp grounds, river banks, and abandoned buildings to bring the chronic homeless into services. These outreach teams need supplies like flashlights, thermal blankets, gloves, socks, and rain ponchos. If you are looking for a way to hep out, we gladly accept donations of any of the above like items or monetary donations to purchase some of the listed items is greatly appreciated.