CommonHelp is a web-based application that allows Virginians to:
- Screen for eligibility for social services benefits and services
- Apply for these benefits and services online (including renewals)
- Check the status of their benefits
- Be able to report changes to their status online
- Access help 24/7 to the system
You may also come into our offices to apply between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
7987 Ashton Avenue, Suite 200 | Manassas, VA 20109
15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite 180 | Woodbridge, VA 22191
You can also call 703-792-7500 and request an application be mailed to you.
SNAP provides food assistance to low income families. The SNAP household receives an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card, which can be used to purchase food at area grocery stores. Eligibility for this program is based on family size and income. In addition to providing Social Security numbers and income, the SNAP program requires proof of identity (driver’s license or other picture identification) and verification of residence. Other documents may be requested based on the information on your application.
Medicaid provides health insurance for low-income families, pregnant women and elderly or disabled adults. Many individuals who are no longer eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), remain eligible for Medicaid coverage. In addition to Social Security numbers and proof of income, the Medicaid program may require proof of pregnancy or proof of disability, based on your individual situation.
FAMIS provides health insurance benefits to uninsured children in families with up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Provides temporary financial assistance to income-eligible families. TANF families receive a monthly cash payment. Since the program is designed to be temporary, most families must participate in the VIEW Employment program. In addition to Social Security numbers and income verifications, TANF applicants must provide verification of residence, provide names of those living in the home, birth records for any children, information about an absent parent and proof of any child care expenses.
Diversionary Assistance is part of the TANF program and may offer a one-time payment to working families who face a sudden temporary loss of income. If a family chooses to participate in this program, they will lose eligibility for some future ongoing benefits.
Transitional Assistance is also part of the TANF program. When TANF benefits end, a family may request up to 12 months of additional support, which may include child care, transportation and medical assistance.
Provides assistance to low income households for wood, coal, gas, oil or electricity. This is a seasonal program.