West 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.
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.
To ask about WV WORKS, contact your local Department of Health and Human Resources Services office. Find your local office on the Local County Office Directory page.
You may also submit a web form on the the Department of Health and Human Resources Services website.