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Important Changes to Benefit Programs

Federal and state benefit programs that provided temporary eligibility and enrollment procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will begin returning to regular operations over the coming months.

These programs will have specific requirements and unique timeframes for returning to pre-pandemic services.

Stay Informed

Please use the links below to find details concerning these important program updates.

Click here for more information about other programs that will be changing eligibility and benefit issuance over the coming months.

VDSS will continue to provide updates as they become available to ensure impacted households are informed of the changes to their benefits.


SNAP Reimbursement Funds

Beginning July 17, the Virginia Department of Social Services can replace certain SNAP benefits stolen from EBT accounts through fraudulent means. Learn more .

The Virginia Department of Social Services develops and administers programs that provide timely and accurate income support benefits and employment services to families and individuals in the Commonwealth. These programs assist citizens as they transition from dependency on public assistance programs to self-sufficiency.

What do I need to apply?

Program Name Address Date of Birth Social Security # Citizenship Status IRS Tax Filing Info Apply Now
SNAP Yes Yes         CommonHelp
TANF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   CommonHelp
LIHEAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   CommonHelp
LIHWAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Learn More
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CommonHelp
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Yes Yes Yes   Learn More
CHILD CARE* Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Learn More
*Please note that Child Care changes cannot be renewed or reported online
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