Welfare Application Instructions for Virginia



Application Instructions

To apply for welfare assistance benefits in Virginia, print an application for benefits or call 1-804-726-7385.


Available Benefits

TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. TANF benefits are available for a maximum of 60 months (5 years) in the state of Virginia. Those who are required to participate in the VIEW program can earn a paycheck and receive welfare benefits at the same time. The VIEW program is available for a length of 24 months after which follows a period of 24 months of ineligibility. In 2005, the maximum benefit for a family of three was $320 per month, or $3840 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Virginia, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Virginia. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Virginia, households must be needy as defined by state guidelines and have a minor child in residence. To take the online eligibility screening, click here.


General TANF information for Virginia

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program that helps American families by providing benefits, both financial and otherwise, to help keep family units intact. TANF benefits, sometimes referred to as welfare benefits, are intended to supplement a family.s earned and unearned income and can be used to purchase clothing, food, medication, and pay for housing and utility costs, for example. On the federal level, the Office of Family Assistance, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees and funds the TANF program. State governments are responsible for designing and implementing their own welfare programs, including the determining eligibility, providing benefits, and distributing cash allotments. This page outlines the state requirements for TANF benefits. To learn more about the Federal TANF program and its requirements, click here. The state of Virginia administers Federal TANF benefits through the Virginia Department of Social Services. To learn more about the TANF program in Virginia, click here.