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.
Fuel Assistance Applications Begin
Applications for Fuel Assistance through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program are being accepted through Friday, November 13, 2015. Families and individuals must apply through their local Department of Social Services. For Prince William County residents, call the Department of Social Services at 703-792-7500 or pick up an application at the Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge or the Sudley North Government Center, 7987 Ashton Avenue in Manassas.
Fuel Assistance is a supplemental program intended to assist low-income households in meeting their home heating energy needs. The Energy Assistance Program is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant, which provides money to states to help low-income households, the elderly and disabled cope with the financial strain of high heating bills. To be eligible for Fuel Assistance, applicants must qualify based upon their income and household size.
For more information on the Energy Assistance Program, call Prince William County Department of Social Services at 703-792-7500.
In accordance with federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.