Temporary Financial Assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that provides temporary financial assistance to eligible families and children. The family receives a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs. To be eligible, a family must be financially needy and must meet certain other requirements.


Most able-bodied adult TANF recipients are required to participate in the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) program. VIEW is the work program that requires able-bodied parents to work. A family taking part in VIEW will receive help in finding a job. They may also receive help with child day care costs and transportation. A recipient may still get a TANF check even if they are working. A family who has someone in the VIEW program may receive TANF for no longer than 24 months followed by a period of ineligibility.

An applicant must cooperate in naming the parents of all eligible children and must help establish paternity for each of them.