Vol. 37 Iss. 2 - September 14, 2020

Chapter 295
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The State Board of Social Services is claiming an exemption from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia, which excludes regulations that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law or the appropriation act where no agency discretion is involved. The State Board of Social Services will receive, consider, and respond to petitions by any interested person at any time with respect to reconsideration or revision.

Title of Regulation: 22VAC40-295. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) (amending 22VAC40-295-150).

Statutory Authority: § 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: October 15, 2020.

Agency Contact: Mark Golden, Program Manager, Department of Social Services, 801 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 726-7385, FAX (804) 726-7357, or email


Pursuant to Chapter 1159 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, the amendments (i) increase the maximum amount of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-Emergency Assistance (TANF-EA) to $1,500 and (ii) add eviction prevention as a qualifying circumstance for eligibility.

22VAC40-295-150. TANF-Emergency Assistance (TANF-EA).

A. A family shall be eligible for TANF-EA if all of the following conditions are met:

1. The assistance meets TANF requirements specified in § 63.2-614 of the Code of Virginia.

2. The emergency assistance is necessary to avoid destitution of the child or to provide living arrangements for him in a home.

3. The child's need is the result of a disaster or a fire. The TANF-EA is for eviction prevention or to address needs resulting from a fire or natural disaster.

4. For current TANF recipients, disaster-related needs can be met through TANF-EA in addition to the regular TANF money payment. The TANF-EA payment does not affect the regular TANF money payment. A TANF-EA payment may not be issued, however, to replace money lost by the recipient or for the loss of earnings.

B. The amount of assistance provided shall be up to $500 $1,500 per emergency occurrence. The amount of the payment is based on immediate needs of the applicant.

VA.R. Doc. No. R21-6449; Filed August 20, 2020, 8:21 a.m.