Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Virginia TANF program provides eligible families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs. For a child to be eligible he must be:
- Under age 18, or if 18, will graduate from high school before age 19
- Going to school regularly if he is between the ages of five and 18
- Living with a parent or other relative
- A U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant
The TANF program emphasizes personal responsibility. Participants may be provided with services such as job skills training, work experience, job readiness training, child care assistance, transportation and other work related expenses.
TANF Emergency Assistance provides one-time financial assistance needed as a result of a disaster or fire. TANF Diversionary Assistance provides short-term one-time only assistance to resolve an emergency due to temporary loss of or delay in receiving income. The application for all forms of TANF is the same.
For more information about eligibility and to apply on-line, visit Common Help.
To contact the City of Alexandria, Department of Community & Human Services with questions, call 703.746.5902.