UPDATED July 7, 2020:

Caring for Neighbors in Need

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City Human Service Programs address social, emotional, educational, and health-related needs for children, adults, elderly, and special-needs populations in the city. Contact: Director of Human Services Peter Walentisch at 220-6161 or

a) Benefit Programs include: auxiliary grants (elderly), energy assistance, food
stamps, general relief, Medicaid, temporary assistance for needy families, and state/local hospitalization. Contact Senior Eligibility Worker Edna Malpass at 220-6168 or

b) Social Work Programs include adoption and foster care services, adult and
child protective services, crisis intervention, day care, employment services, emergency assistance, mediation services, nursing home screenings, case management, home visitation, and information & referral services to area public and private agencies. Contact: Social Work Supervisor Wendy Evans at 220-6169 or

c) Community Service Programs include youth prevention and achievement
programs (summer and year round), Citizen Corps community volunteer programs, homelessness intervention and prevention, and outreach services for at-risk youth, elderly, and disabled citizens. Contact

Williamsburg Project Lifesaver assists in the search for lost persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, are mentally handicapped or suffer other forms of dementia through the use of radio receivers and transmitters. Program includes: registration, training, and radio distribution. Contact: Crime Prevention Office at 259-7212.

Affordable Housing Programs provide rental public housing units, projects to rehabilitate existing housing (such as Braxton Court), and projects to create new low/moderate income owner occupied housing (such as Strawberry Plains). Contact: Executive Director of the Williamsburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Peter Walentisch at 220-6161 or

Cedar Grove Cemetery, a 17-acre, city-owned cemetery located on South Henry Street, provides interment services for city residents. Services include: selling burial spaces, preparation for interments, and coordinating installation of monuments and stones. Cemetery has memorial cremation garden for City and non-city residents. Full-time caretaker is available on site. Contact: Public Works at 220-6140 or