Program DescriptionWest Virginia's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is WV WORKS. It is based on the goals of assisting economically dependent and at-risk families to become self supporting, enhancing the well-being of children, and on assisting families near the poverty level to remain self-sufficient.
WV WORKS provides monthly cash assistance to eligible families. Most people who receive a monthly WV WORKS check also receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and Medicaid, but these are not guaranteed based just on receipt of a check.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of West Virginia; responsible for a child under 19 years of age; a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident; have low or very low income; and be either under-employed (working for very low wages) or unemployed. There is a $2,000 asset limit with one vehicle excluded.
You must also complete a program orientation, Personal Responsibility Contract (PRC) and Self-Sufficiency Plan (SSP) to meet the eligibility requirements.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessTo ask about WV WORKS, contact your local Department of Health and Human Resources Services office:
You may also submit a web form to the Department of Health and Human Resources Services office at the following location: