Youth Housing Stability Coalition: 2021 Update

In April 2021, leadership and management responsibility for the Youth Housing Stability Coalition transitioned to Virginia Commonwealth University. Click below to leave United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s website and visit the Youth Housing Stability Coalition’s website.


For more information about the Youth Housing Stability Coalition, contact Alex Wagaman at

United Way’s Community Impact

We believe everyone in our community — particularly those who face longstanding disadvantages — should have safe housing. To help address this need, we invest in dozens of local nonprofit agencies, including:

We also run dedicated programs that help people experiencing homelessness and housing instability, including:

  • Ride United, which provides on-demand rides on Lyft for people with no other transportation options. This program connects people to housing assistance and other critical community services.
  • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (ESFP), which funds nonprofits and public agencies that are providing shelter and other assistance to local residents.
  • 211 Virginia, which is is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to housing assistance and other essential health and human services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Find Help Now

If you or someone you know needs housing assistance, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg can connect you with local services that can help. For more information, please click here.

Housing Assistance

  • If you are currently experiencing homelessness or are within three days of losing shelter, contact the Homeless Connection Line at (804) 972-0813. The Homeless Connection Line facilitates access to resources and shelter alternatives for those who are three days or less away from losing their housing. This line is also available for those already experiencing homelessness.
  • If you need help staying in your current housing, contact the Housing Resource Line at (804) 422-5061. The Housing Resource Line is a new resource to help you gain access to essential housing services. The Housing Resource Line can help with financial assistance, emergency assistance and foreclosure prevention, among other resources.
  • The EmpowerNet Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with trained crisis intervention staff and volunteers answering all calls. Translators are available via language lines for non-English speaking callers. In addition, TTY is available for individuals in crisis who are deaf/hearing impaired. Call or text (804) 612-6126 for crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, case management, hospital-based services and other support.