Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW)
Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) provides employment education, training and support services to qualified Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients.
VIEW, Virginia's welfare reform program, is designed to encourage self-sufficiency through a "work first" philosophy. VIEW offers recipients the opportunity to work and continue to receive some TANF benefits and supportive services. VIEW also encourages personal responsibility. In addition to employment, other VIEW work activities can include on-the-job training or community work experience for at least the minimum federally required hours per week. VIEW participants can also participate in optional transitional services such as child care.
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary financial assistance to eligible families.
A monthly cash payment is distributed to eligible families to meet their basic needs. The program is based upon the principles of personal responsibility, time-limited assistance, and work in exchange for benefits. TANF is the cash assistance component of the Virginia Independence Program (VIP) that helps families work toward their goal of total independence.
VDSS Covered Groups
VDSS Covered Groups:
- Children Under Age 19
- Parents & Caretakers of Dependent Children
- Pregnant Women
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients
- Adults Aged 65 or Older, Blind or Disabled (not receiving SSI)
- Children or Adults Who Need Long-term Care in a Facility/Home & Community-based Care (Waiver) Services
- Individuals in Medical Institutions With Income < 300% of SSI
- Medicare Beneficiaries
- Plan First - Family Planning Services
- Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Hospice. Pop Up- "Hospice" is a covered group of terminally ill individuals whose life expectancy is 6 months or less and who have voluntarily elected to receive hospice care. The term “hospice” is also used to refer to the covered service or a terminally ill Medicaid recipient, regardless of his covered group.
Hospice services can be provided in the individual’s home or in a medical facility, including a nursing facility.
|Code Sections||Code of Virginia §18.2-57|
|What Protections are Available?||
Civil and criminal
|Definition of Domestic Violence/Family Abuse||
"Family abuse" means any act involving violence, force, or threat including any forceful detention, which results in physical injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of serious bodily injury and which is committed by a person against such a person's family or household member.
|Family/Household Member Relationship Requirement||
Any person who commits domestic assault and battery or family abuse shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Three or more convictions in a 10-year period elevate the crime to a Class 6 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. The prior convictions can be from other jurisdictions in Virginia, but they must have occurred on different dates.
|Types of Protective Orders Available||Protective Orders|