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Social Services


The 2020 Annual Commonwealth of Virginia’s Cooling Assistance program administered by DSS began June 15, 2020 and runs through August 17, 2020.
 Eligibility for this program is income driven and there is a required vulnerability component of the applying household: A child under 6 must be in the home or a person 60 years of age or older or a disabled individual; which is defined by being a recipient of Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, both of which are received from the Social Security Administration. The state has an online portal for applicants to apply which is  www.coverva.org/. Additionally, applicants may request a mailed application by calling Nelson County DSS at 434-263-7160 and subsequently returning the completed, signed application along with their electric bill.  Beginning this year,  previous Cooling applicants have undergone a pre-approval process and need not do anything as they have already been approved.  For further information, please contact Mark Travis, Benefits Supervisor at Nelson DSS, 434-263-7160 or at mark.e.travis@dss.virginia.gov.   


The goal of our Department of Social Services is to help the citizens of Nelson County achieve a realistic and attainable level of self-sufficiency within a safe, healthy environment. We will accomplish this by using our strengths and resources in a caring, professional manner, while providing a network of protection, support, and temporary financial assistance.

The Nelson County Board of Social Services convenes for a regularly scheduled meeting every third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in the Nelson County Department of Social Services conference room. The public is invited to attend.



Region Ten provides mental health, intellectual disability, crisis and substance use services for adults and children living in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. Established in 1969, Region Ten Community Services Board is part of a statewide network of 40 Community Service Boards working to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services where they are needed – in the local community.

Nelson County: Region Ten

Francee Laverty, LPC
Nelson Counseling Center
71 Tan Bark Plaza
Lovingston, Va 22949
434.263.4897 fax
434.906.7195 cell


Contact Us
Physical Address
203 Front Street
Lovingston, VA 22949
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 357
Lovingston, VA 22949
Angela Rose | Director
fax: 434-263-8605
Region Ten Crisis Line

24 Hour Crisis Line