Applications for these programs may be secured from Isle of Wight County Social Services, as well as through the State Department of Social Services website at www.dss.state.va.us.
We provide court ordered home studies on families who meet income guidelines as well as home investigations and referrals for special needs children listed in the Adoption Resources Exchange of Virginia.
Adult Protective Services
Elderly and disabled adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect, and exploitation are eligible for our services, regardless of income.
We arrange services for elderly and disabled adults who meet income guidelines to allow them to be as independent as possible and live safely in the least restrictive setting; this includes providing home-based services, which assist with personal care needs.
Child Protective Services
Children, under 18, who may be physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected are entitled to services regardless of income.
An application for Family Access to Medical Insurance Security is available at the local Social Services Office. It covers uninsured low income children, ages 0 through 18. The program is designed to provide comprehensive health care benefits for children of working families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford health insurance. The coverage is offered to those children who have not had health insurance in the last year, unless good cause for loss of insurance is approved. The family income must be less than 185 percent of the Federal poverty limit.
Applications may be picked up at the local Social Services Office, 17100 Monument Circle, Suite A, Isle of Wight, VA, Phone number (757) 365-0880 or mailed upon request. Completed applications and needed verifications can then be mailed in for processing. A face to face interview is not required.
Child Day Care
Child Day Care Services provide assistance to eligible working families with payment of day care costs for children under 13 years of age. Services are available to the extent of funding and only with the use of an approved vendor.
The Employment Services Program assists mandatory and voluntary TANF recipients to gain employment. The program helps customers develop and broaden job skills that will enable them to work and become self -sufficient. Participants will be assessed for job readiness to determine their employment needs. Emphasis is placed on how to maintain employment as well as career advancement. Social workers counsel clients on an ongoing basis to help them deal with the conflicts that may arise from employment and give them the support and encouragement needed to remain on the job. Supportive services such as child care and transportation are available to eligible individuals. The goal of the program is for customers to be able to support their families without receiving public assistance.
Energy Assistance Program
The Energy Assistance Program provides help with fuel bills, repair/replacement of primary heat sources and crisis energy assistance during the winter months. Applications for fuel assistance are accepted beginning the second Tuesday in October through the second Friday in November. Crisis Assistance applications are accepted November 1st through March 15th. The program also assists with payments of electric bills during the summer months for those households who meet the specific criteria for cooling assistance. Cooling assistance applications are accepted June 15th through August 15th.
Households that meet financial requirements are eligible to receive food stamps to purchase food at participating grocery stores. You may file an application by mail or by taking it to Social Services.
Your application will go into effect the day it is received at the office. The agency has thirty days to process your application or seven days if expedited. Additionally, your food stamp benefits for the month of application will be prorated from the date your application is received by Social Services if you are found eligible. We can either mail you an application or you can stop by the office and pick one up. We are located at 17100 Monument Circle, Suite A, Isle of Wight, VA. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The phone number is (757) 365-0880.
Children who cannot remain safely in their homes may be eligible for temporary care.
Foster Care Recruitment and Training
This program recruits, trains, and maintains an adequate supply of foster parents to meet the needs of children entering foster care as well as the needs of families requiring adoptive services.
We investigate situations where false or incomplete information is given to receive public assistance benefits.
Elderly and disabled adults , within income guidelines, may be eligible to receive in-home services to assist with personal care needs to allow them to continue to live at home safely.
Housing – Section 8
Section 8 Housing provides rental and utility assistance for qualifying low income households. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 365-3662 (Section 8 Director), 365-3660, or 365-3647.
Residents may be eligible to receive assistance for medications, doctor’s visits, nursing home placement, adult home placement, community based care and payment of Medicare premiums.
State and Local Hospitalization
This program provides direct payment to hospitals for individuals who meet financial requirements and are unable to pay for required medical services.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
An assistance program which pays a monthly payment for families with children who are deprived of the support of one or both parents who meet income and resource criteria.