Updated June 21, 2019

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.01

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.



  • How do I apply for WV works?

    Applications may be made at DHHR’s local office or electronically via inROADS. 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.

  • How do I qualify for emergency cash assistance?

    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.

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.02

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

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