Chesterfield-Colonial Heights public aid from Department of Social Services.

Most of the financial aid offered by the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services is the result of federal government funding. The agency provides very low income families, seniors, and the disabled with help in their time of need. The programs referenced below are for residents of both the County of Chesterfield and also the City of Colonial Heights in Virginia.

Food Stamps, or the SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, was created by the federal government to promote better nutrition and overall health for low-income families. Eligibility for SNAP varies depending on income, asset levels, deductions and other factors. It works by increasing their overall food purchasing power. This is for families that live in either Chesterfield County or the City of Colonial Heights.

Medicaid is the nation’s primary health care program for low income residents. It helps certain groups of people with payments for dental, health and medical bills. The local Social Service agency takes applications and determines eligibility for this public medical care program.

A case manager from Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services can go over the different components of Medicaid, which include Aged, Blind and Disabled, Families and Children, and also Long Term Care. One component of Medicaid is FAMIS, which is a for uninsured, low income children under age 19.

Seniors can turn to Medicare. This operates as a federal government health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older or disabled. It is administered by the Social Security Administration, but applications are taking by the Department of Social Services.

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services General Relief is a financial aid program for addressing needs that can’t be provided through other public aid programs or charities, including local non-profits. Since funding is so limited, in some cases a loan will be issued to local families. There may be assistance for rent, food, clothing, and similar needs. The government grant program is financed through State of Virginia and local funding.




Energy bill assistance from the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services can help with paying either heating or air conditioning bills. It relies on federal aid and grants. Maybe the main component of it is Fuel Assistance program, which helps with paying home heating bills. Another option is the Crisis Assistance Program, and this can help when a family is faced with a shut off or disconnection of their service.

There may also be assistance available to pay for the repair or replacement of furnaces, heating equipment, or air conditioners. Deposits or connection fees may also be paid too from the crisis component. Most of these utility programs can be applied for in the fall or winter months.

The state of Virginia Cooling Bill Assistance Program can help with the repair or purchase of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity bills to operate equipment. To be eligible for this, which is more limited, a Chesterfield household must be both income eligible and contain at least one vulnerable individual.

Housing solutions in Chesterfield-Colonial Heights include those indicated above as well as the section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. This is available as a federally funded rent subsidy program which enables low-income families, including seniors, to live safely and in an affordable home. It is run in partnership with Social Services as well as the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

A portion of their rent may be paid by the voucher. In addition, the participant can choose and lease their own private apartment. The unit selected needs to be safe, decent, and affordable rental housing. As part of government requirements, the family is also required to pay 30 percent of their household income towards their monthly rent and utilities; the pays the remainder.





Child care needs and Day Care Services can be met by the county. Government funding provides either vouchers or financial assistance to low-income working families. The state can help them with their child care expenses. In order to enroll, parents must meet income requirements, provide proof of employment, and also prove there is a need for the Day Care. Phone - (804) 748-1100.

Additional Employment Services can be arranged by Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. The office will have information on local One Stop Job Centers, fairs, and training programs. Referrals may be made to supportive services, such as transportation to an interview and child care for a limited time. This is only usually offered when they are necessary to enable an individual to work or attend an interview.

TANF is a form of very short term cash assistance that is combined with self-sufficiency. The formal name is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and it is for very low income families with children. Grants are used for paying everyday bills and basic needs. Other services are arranged by TANF as well.

For those that qualify, the family will receive a monthly grant or cash payment to pay their bills (such as rent or groceries) and meet their basic needs from the state of Virginia. To be eligible, for this various conditions are in place. Among them include the fact that most able-bodied adult TANF recipients are required to participate in the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) program, which is coordinated by Social Services.




VIEW is the main state program that requires able-bodied parents to work in order to receive any cash grants. A family taking part in the service will receive help in finding a job in the greater Chesterfield area. In addition, they may also receive help with paying for child day care costs and transportation. Also keep in mind that a recipient of the program may still get a TANF benefit check from Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services even if they are working, so there is no downside to finding employment.

The location of the Department of Social Services is at 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832, call (804) 748-1100.


By Jon McNamara

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