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Henrico County Virginia Social Services assistance programs.

Low income families and those facing a hardship can get help from Henrico Social Services. The county partners with clients to provide both short term, emergency crisis aid and longer term self-sufficiency and employment. Applications are required for any aid and assistance will also usually come with case management services.

Assistance in paying for day care costs is available. This is known as Child Care and Early Childhood Development Services. There are conditions that need to be met, including applicants need to be receiving TANF cash benefits, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. They also need to be in school, employed, or aggressively seeking employment in Virginia. Income conditions and a waiting list is also generally in place as well for any type of Transitional Child Care. To get an application or learn more, call the Henrico Department of Human Services.

The county can also help select a day care provider, which may be a church, family provider, business/day care center, or other locations. All agencies that offer this will be approved by the Virginia State Department of Social Services. When paying for the services in Henrico County, the Virginia ECC (Electronic Child Care) Card must be used by the parent.

Utility, fuel, and energy bill assistance program is available. There are a few main components, and they are cooling bill assistance during the summer, funds for paying gas and heating costs, and crisis programs. The Virginia and federal Energy Assistance Program assists eligible low income households and helps them offset the costs of their utility bills.

Cash for basic needs is available from TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This government program provides very low income beneficiaries with short term financial assistance. Aid is for income eligible families with children. They may be able to receive a monthly cash payment to pay for their basic needs. Apply for this at the local Division of Social Services office in Richmond.

Medical bill assistance is offered from government programs such as Medicaid. This pays for health and medical bills, or hospital costs, for certain groups of people who have low income and lack insurance. Medicaid is only available for people from the region who fall in certain categories and who have limited finances.




Henrico County General Relief (GR) Burial Program is available by Human Services Department. The county offers very limited financial assistance to help burial costs of an indigent, deceased relative. To be eligible for this aid, a family must be financially needy and of course they also need to meet certain other program requirements.

Social Services Food Programs can meet nutrition and health needs. The main resource is SNAP food stamps, and this will help pay a portion of the family food budget. It will in effect enable qualified recipients to buy groceries and perishable food at their local grocery store. A cash benefit amount is placed on an EBT or electronic benefit card to purchase eligible food items. Clients can use SNAP to buy food or seeds and plants to grow food in their home garden. Call or stop by the office to apply.

Basic living needs can sometimes be provided for by the Henrico County Social Services. The county may offer cash assistance, but it will generally be in the form of a loan that needs to be repaid. Funds may be used to pay for expenses for rent, clothing, shelter, or items such as prescriptions.

Jobs Work locations offer a number of Employment Services. Both the unemployed as well as people looking to acquire new skills can use these programs. The human services group will assist individuals and families to choose to become empowered and interdependent contributors to the County of Henrico family. The government’s strategy is supported by both public and private partners and is one which values the potential of those seeking aid.

Not only can the county help the client, but they also assist the Richmond Virginia area business community by providing a pool of job-ready, dependable employees to area businesses which helps to reduce the rate of employee re-training and turnover.




Some of what is available at Human Service job centers include Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW). This provides Job Training, Employment, Education, and Supportive Services to customers receiving grants from the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). VIEW is the primary work component of the VIP - Virginia Independence Program.

Another key job force program is SNAP Employment and Training (SNAPET) Program. This provides services to customers who receive SNAP food stamp vouchers. It is for those that are between the ages of 18 to 60 who are working less than 30 hours per week, who are unemployed, and whose youngest child is 6 years old.

Other employment programs from Jobs Works include Placement, Education and Skills Training, free Computer Lab Facilities, and resume creation services. The center also provides "Intensive Services" for job seekers and the unemployed.

For more details or to apply, call (804) 501-4001.



By Jon McNamara

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