Help for Single Mothers in Virginia: The Ultimate Guide

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There are many families & low income households in Virginia in need of financial help. Competition for jobs is high and those who are already working face extra pressure of layoffs and downsizing in the economy. Fortunately, help is available for single moms who may be struggling to make ends meet due to unemployment, ‘underemployment’ or lack of work. In this article, we will overview food stamps program in Virginia, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid Services, Rental Assistance from Department of Housing & Urban Development, etc. If you are in need of financial help, apply to these social programs, making sure to fill the application forms correctly and attaching all supporting documents correctly. Always be positive about the outcome and promptly address any questions or interviews they ask you to attend.

i) Food Stamps in Virginia

Food stamps program in Virginia is also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and aims to disburse cash monthly benefits to low income families and single moms to purchase healthy and nutritious food for their families. Once approved, a household’s monthly benefit is loaded on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used at major supermarkets around the state. Applications for food stamp benefits in Virginia can be made by visiting Common food items that can be purchased with food stamp benefits include vegetables & fruits, baby formula & diet foods, snacks, water & ice, meat, fish & poultry. They cannot be used to purchase tobacco, alcohol, pet foods, medicines or vitamins, etc. Note that if you are between 18 to 50 years old, you may be required to work in exchange for food stamp benefits. You will learn more when you apply and be sure to attend any interviews as requested by Virginia Department of Social Services.



ii) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides monthly cash sums to low income families/households that would otherwise not be able to afford basic necessities. Benefits are usually given to low income families that have at least 1 child under 18 years of age and citizenship of the United States or qualified alien status is required. Assistance under TANF is restricted to 60 cumulative months in a family’s lifetime. The purpose of TANF is to help poor families establish themselves while seeking employment or college opportunities. There are maximum TANF limits that are paid out, as an example, a household of 2 members will receive $323 in TANF benefits every month. Application for TANF benefits can be made on this site

iii) Virginia Medicaid

Medicaid in Virginia is jointly funded by state and the federal government and aims to provide medical coverage to needy low income families who otherwise would not be able afford medical health insurance. Eligibility requirements include recipients must live in Virginia, be citizens of USA or qualified aliens and generally have low incomes. Also, households must have children under 18 years of age, or you must be 65 years or older. In the case of single moms taking care of their children, they would be eligible for Medicaid benefits. Applications for Medicaid can be made online by visiting The application takes 45 days to process and be sure to attach proof of citizenship, ID card such as driver’s license or passport, proof of income such as pay stubs or child support and bank documents. Also clearly state your Social Security number on the application form. Visit the website below for much more comprehensive information on medical coverage options including those for children under 19 years, seniors 65 years or older, disabled citizens or pregnant women.


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