A Quick Guide to Relief Programs

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Energy Assistance

Applications for help with your heating and cooling bills or equipment needs are accepted online (at commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/), by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at (855) 635 - 4370, and at your local department of social services.

 

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Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP)

The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) is designed to support and ensure housing stability across the commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Depending on availability of funds and household need, the RRP may provide financial assistance for rent payments for eligible households. This includes financial assistance for rent payments past due beginning April 1, 2020 and onward with opportunity for renewal based on availability of funding and the household’s need for additional assistance and continued eligibility.

Check Eligibility Online
or call: 804 371 7000

 

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Child Care Subsidy Program

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists families in paying child care costs for children under age 13 who are not eligible to attend public school during the part of the day when public education is available, or children with special needs under age 18 who reside with the applicant. If you are eligible and are approved for services, the Subsidy Program can pay a portion of your child care costs directly to the child care provider.

Apply Online or Screen for Eligibility through CommonHelp
or call: Enterprise Customer Service Center at (855) 635 - 4370

 

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The TANF program provides eligible families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs. For a child to be eligible he must be:

  • Under age 18, or if 18, will graduate from high school before age 19
  • Going to school regularly if he is between the ages of five and 18
  • Living with a parent or other relative
  • A U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant

Apply online using Commonhelp
or call: Enterprise Customer Service Center at (855) 635 - 4370

 

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. Authorized retailers will display either the Quest logo or a picture of a Virginia EBT card.

A SNAP account is established for eligible households and automatic deposits are made into the account each month. To access the account, they will also receive an EBT Card, which will debit the account each time eligible food items are purchased. A secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to use the card.

www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/snap.cgi
(800) 552-3431 (SNAP Hotline)

 

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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded, state-administered program. SFSP reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas.

Visit whyhunger.org/find-food/
Phone: 212-629-8850

 

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USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse

The USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse helps low-income people with food assistance. If you need help finding local food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (Spanish) to speak with a representative. You can also text “97779” to the automated service with a question that may contain a keyword such as “food,” “meals,” etc., to receive an automated response to local resources.

Many school districts across the country are continuing to provide meals to students in need during school closures. Check for local programs in your area by using our Meals 4 Kids locator.

 

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. USDA distributes both food and administrative funds to participating states and Indian Tribal Organizations to operate CSFP.

Call your local Food Bank to participate in the program.
Visit www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank

 

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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Apply online www.myvawic.org/
For More Information, call 877-835-5942

 

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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food.

To be eligible for P-EBT benefits, students must qualify for free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program.
Phone: (703) 305-2062

 


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