Financial Services Programs
Benefits programs are for those individuals who are in need of temporary financial assistance. All recipients must meet certain income eligibility requirements. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is intended to provide a monthly maintenance to families who meet income and resource guidelines. Children must be 18 or younger and in school. During certain conditions Emergency Assistance may be provided to needy families with children who may not meet the eligibility factor of "deprivation of parental support." This assistance must cover needs which result from a natural disaster or fire which has destroyed items necessary for maintaining a household or the home itself; or a total loss of family earnings when such loss occurred within 30 days prior to the application and the loss was due to a severe weather condition or a reduction in the labor force caused by an energy shortage. For more information, or to request an application for TANF please call 434-985-5246.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP is intended to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by increasing the food purchasing power of low income households. Eligible recipients receive a Virginia EBT Card that can be used for food stamp purchases at most food stores throughout Virginia. For more information, or to request an application for Food Stamps, please call 434-985-5246.
The Auxiliary Grant Program (AG)
The Auxiliary Grant Program (AG) is a supplement to income for recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and certain other aged, blind, or disabled individuals residing in a licensed adult care residence (ACR) or in adult family care (AFC). This assistance is available through local departments of Social Services and paid directly to the ACR of AFC to ensure that AG recipients are able to maintain a standard of living which meets a basic level of needs.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - Unemployed Parent (TANF-UP) Program
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - Unemployed Parent (TANF-UP) Program is intended to provide financial assistance to needy two-parent families with children under 18 that are deprived of parental support. This deprivation is met if one parent, the primary wage earner, is unemployed.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) consists of three components; Fuel Assistance, Emergency Crisis Assistance and Cooling. The Fuel Assistance component is intended to provide supplemental assistance to offset the rising costs of heating expenses. The Crisis Assistance component is intended to provide assistance with heating equipment needs and emergency fuel outages. Cooling assists eligible populations with energy payments during the summer months.
The Fraud Program
The Fraud Program provides for the investigation of cases involving Public Assistance payments and benefits allegedly received under fraudulent circumstances, as well as collection of over-payment/over issuances of benefits. For more information about The Fraud Program, please call 434-985-5246.