WV WORKS

WV WORKS is West Virginia’s TANF Program that provides monthly cash assistance to eligible families. The goal is to assist poorest families become self-sufficient.

Eligible families of three with no income may receive $340 each month and it’s limited to no more than 60 months of cash assistance.

Those receiving cash benefits are required to attend an orientation and sign a Personal Responsibility Contract (PRC) — supposedly a plan of activities you will do to help you get a job and support your family on your own.


WV WORKS is a work participation program. If you receive WV WORKS, you’re required to spend 6 weeks out of each 12 months looking for a job.

After 24 months of cash assistance, you’re expected to work an average of at least 25 hours a week. If you do not, your case can be closed.

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How much cash assistance will I get in WV? #

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TANF benefit for low-income families in the Mountain State is low compared with the rest of the nation — $340 a month for a family of three. Most people on VW WORKS also receive SNAP benefits and Medicaid.

How do I apply for WV works? #

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Applications may be made at DHHR’s local office or electronically via WV PATH. Once your application is filed, an eligibility interview will be arranged.

You can also use the “pre-screener” to find out if you may qualify for benefits offered by the state of West Virginia, including VW WORKS.

Applicants are now required to complete a drug screening questionnaire to determine a reasonable suspicion of drug use. Those who test positive are referred to substance abuse treatment and a job skills program.

How do I qualify for emergency cash assistance? #

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Families who seek short-term assistance in times of emergency may be offered a one-time payment of Diversionary Cash Assistance (DCA) in lieu of ongoing WV WORKS payments.

Acceptance of the one-off DCA payment is optional.

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For additional details about VW WORKS, call
(304) 558-0628