These public assistance programs are targeted to assist families, children, the elderly, and disabled households, that are at or below the poverty level. Programs include; Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP/ Food Assistance), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF/Cash Assistance), Medicaid to include Long Term Support Services/ Nursing home/Community-Based Care, Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling and Crisis), Auxiliary Grants, and General Relief (unattached child and burial).

Eligibility for benefits is determined based on individual circumstances which are disclosed during the application process. Anyone who is unsure if they qualify for benefits is encouraged to submit an application to screen for their personal eligibility. 

Anyone who is unsure if they qualify for benefits is encouraged to screen themselves online at to determine which programs they may be eligible to receive.

Applications can be completed in one of three ways:

  • Online at
  • In person at our offices at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. or our satellite location at the Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Rd., Suite 316.
  • Over the phone at (855) 635-4370
  • Call (757) 385-4306 and request a paper application be mailed to your home, then return the application to our offices 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. or at the Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Rd., Suite 316

Apply for Benefits

CommonHelp is Virginia's online portal for residents to screen for eligibility and apply for benefits, check the status of benefits, report any changes to their status, and access online help 24/7.

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