Program Description & Services: The Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) program under the auspice of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides employment related services to eligible City of Alexandria residents who are receiving Temporary Assistance For Needy Families benefits from VDSS. Participants are provided with vocational counseling, job readiness training, job placement assistance, and supportive services to assist with job placement and retention. This program is offered at various localities throughout the State of Virginia. (See “Find a local Department of Social Services” to contact an office closest to you for a referral or your Human Services Benefits Worker). If you reside within the city limits of Alexandria, Virginia, please contact the Department of Community and Human Services at 703.746.5700 for referral information Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Goal: The goal of VIEW is to support the efforts of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to achieve independence through employment. VIEW focuses on the participants' strengths and provides services to help them overcome job-related challenges, as well as personal, medical and family challenges that affect employment.