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Henrico County public assistance programs.

Several social service resources as well as public and government assistance programs are focused on helping the low income in Henrico County Virginia. An extensive array of resources are administered, including state and federal government funded services. Find help with meeting and paying for basic needs that range from food to bills such as medical and energy.

Monthly cash payments for bills and living expenses can be offered by the Henrico County Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. This federal government funded resource can provide financial assistance and grants to assist low income eligible families with children. A qualified family may be able to receive public assistance in the form of a monthly cash payment to pay for their basic needs, such as rent, housing, and utilities. There are certain income and resource requirements that are loosely set by the government, and applicants will need to meet those criteria.

Cooling and Fuel Assistance includes making cash payments to utility companies and fuel vendors for your regular monthly electric and heating bills, as well as support and financial assistance to pay emergency repairs to heating and cooling equipment. Grants can be offered in the summer to help pay for air conditioning bills or fans to help keep cool. More Virginia LIHEAP.

The Henrico County Food Stamp program can help low income households by supplementing their food budgets. All vouchers and public assistance benefits can be used to help buy canned goods, perishable food, groceries, and needed essentials. Most grocery stores and supermarkets in the region will accept the vouchers/EBT cards that are issued to recipients of SNAP food stamps. Every year thousands of local families benefit from this government social services program.

Receive payment for medical care and expenses from Medicaid. Cash assistance and benefits will be paid out to adults who are pregnant, disabled, blind, or seniors. Children in foster care can also qualify for public health from this service, which can help residents pay medical bills, prescriptions and other medical costs.

Prescription medications are offered for residents with a serious life-threatening condition. In order to receive free medications, a doctors note must be presented. Another criteria is that the patient needs to have a copy of the prescription or the specified prescription medication in a container.





Assistance for funeral expenses and burial costs can be provided by Henrico County. This public assistance is to be used specifically for individuals or their spouse’s funeral or other burial-related costs. Also note that it is possible to set aside these particular funds to pay for you or your spouse's burial, cremation or funeral expenses and not have these funds counted when you apply for or receive government Medicaid.

If you qualify for the overall program, then individuals will usually either receive $3500 or $1500 to pay towards their funeral costs. Most Medicaid recipients will be offered up to $3500 to set aside for their own or their spouses funeral and burial expenses. Some people may get the lower amount of $1500, and that would be the limit for Medicaid eligible recipients because you receive cash assistance from the Supplemental Security Income of the Auxiliary Grants Program.

Transportation is provided from Central Virginia Area Network System, or CVAN. Henrico County social services works with the Greater Richmond Transit Company, and this service is for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or those who recently received public benefits from TANF. Receive a free or low cost ride to employment, job training, activities leading to employment, interviews, and child care facilities.

Christmas Mother program can provide toys, gifts, meals, and more to local Richmond and Henrico County families during the holiday season. Call (804) 236-9741 for information. Applicants need a referral in or to qualify for this public assistance program.





Emergency rental assistance is also available from Henrico Social Services. The County will provide limited amounts of financial help for paying rent to people with a crisis situation. They can also refer Richmond and nearby families to other services, such as section 8 housing vouchers. Some exceptions can be made. For example, if you have household members with special needs such as elderly person with oxygen or a newborn infant, then additional funds may be offered for housing expenses. Click here for additional rental assistance programs.

The Henrico County Medically Indigent (MI) Child program may be offered for children under age 19. The child does not have to be living with a relative or parent. However, if there is an absent parent in the household, then medical support or paternity may be obtained through the Division of Child Support Enforcement. This public assistance program can help pay for health care costs and medical bills, among other expenses.

A resource known as Auxiliary Grants, may be able to provide supplemental cash assistance payments for the blind, aged, or disabled individuals who are living in licensed Adult Homes. The money received from the government agency (plus the individual's own income) is used to pay for the care provided by the adult home. Individuals who are eligible for AG will also receive Medicaid coverage from the state of Virginia and the federal government.

Call Henrico Social Services at (804) 501-4002 for details on these services or other assistance programs.



By Jon McNamara

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