Welfare Application Instructions for West Virginia



Application Instructions

To apply for welfare assistance benefits in Washington, apply online or locate a nearby county office. For more information about the application process, click here or call 1-800-642-8589.


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 in West Virginia are limited to 60 months (5 years). Benefits are paid via EBT; to learn more, click here. The maximum benefit amount for a family of three in 2005 was $340 per month, or $4080 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In West 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 West Virginia. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in West Virginia, applicants must pass a gross income test, attend a WV Works orientation and sign a personal responsibility contract. To self-screen for benefits online, click here.


General TANF information for West 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 West Virginia administers Federal TANF benefits through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about the West Virginia Works welfare program, click here.