Benefits Program

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) TANF provides temporary financial assistance to families with children deprived of the support of one or both parents. Temporary Assistance to Needy Families - Unemployed Parent Program (TANF-UP) is intended to provide assistance to families with two able-bodied parents.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Formerly known as Food Stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that supplements the food budgets of low-income households to help assure needy persons a nutritionally adequate diet. Financial need, household size, and nonfinancial criteria such as student status are used to determine eligibility.

Each eligible household will be issued an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is similar to a debit card that may be used to purchase eligible food items from the account.


Medicaid provides assistance in medical and health care to elderly, disabled, or blind individuals; pregnant women; and, some needy children and their caretakers.

Family Access to Medical Insurance (FAMIS)

FAMIS is Virginia’s health coverage for children under 18 without health insurance coverage, designed to cover children of working families.

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program consists of three components: fuel assistance and emergency / crisis assistance.
  • The Fuel Assistance Program -

    This program is intended to provide supplemental assistance to offset the rising costs of heating expenses.
  • Crisis Assistance -

    This component program is designed to help the household meet energy emergencies that cannot be met by other resources. Assistance is given when the household has no heat or is in imminent danger of being without heat.
  • Cooling Assistance Program -

    This component of the Energy Assistance Program is offered during the summer. The purpose of the Cooling Assistance Component is to continue or provide cooling services to low-income household (elderly, disabled, or household with child/children under the age of 6 years) when other resources cannot meet those needs.

Auxiliary Grant Program

This program 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 or in an adult family care setting.