What Is STOP Incorporated?

STOP was created in 1965 as the designated Community Action Agency to serve the Southeastern Tidewater Virginia area.
Governed by a dedicated board of directors, STOP employs more than 37 highly skilled staff members who implement 15 programs with funding from 11 Federal, State, Local, and Private sources.


STOP operates in both the Hampton Roads Planning District (District #23) and the Accomack-Northampton Planning District (District #22). In District #23, STOP serves the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach along with the Counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton. In the Cities of Hampton and Newport News, which are also in Planning District #23, STOP offers the Virginia Individual Development Account (VIDA) Program. In District #22, STOP, through its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, serves Accomack and Northampton Counties. STOP’s target population encompasses households at or below 125-percent of the poverty level as identified by the Federal Government.


Our MISSION: With the assistance of community partners, reduce the effects of poverty by assisting low and moderate wage earners and economically disadvantaged residents of Eastern Virginia achieve self-sufficiency through program and service initiatives which encompass education, employment, housing and health for the improvement of their quality of life.


STOP recognizes that specific dysfunctions within a family are general indicators of multiple problems; therefore, the “Total Family Concept” is espoused in its service treatment of the problems. Through its diverse initiatives, STOP has years of experience providing individual, family and community development action plans for people and communities experiencing economically challenging situations. STOP recognizes the need to collaborate with other agencies and organizations to positively impact and change the plight of the economically disadvantaged.