Public Assistance Programs in Fairfax County
County residents who meet eligibility requirements may apply for federal- and state-funded public assistance programs through the Department of Family Services. For more information call: 703-324-7500 - or -
View a short video that explains programs such as food stamps (SNAP) and Medicaid and gives a brief introduction on how to apply for them.
Public assistance programs designed to help people become self-sufficient and independent, include:
Family Access to Medical
Insurance (FAMIS): Virginia's health coverage for
children 0-18 without health insurance coverage; designed to cover
children of working families.
Food Stamps (SNAP): electronic card to buy food at
participating grocery stores; intended to help prevent hunger,
Please contact Fairfax County Department of Family Services at 703-324-7500; TTY 703-222-9452 as there are several factors to consider in evaluating eligibility for the Food Stamp program.
General Relief: temporary assistance/medical care for disabled
or ill adults and for certain children living with families unrelated
Medicaid: assistance in
medical and health care to elderly, disabled, or blind individuals;
pregnant women; and some needy children and their caretakers.
Refugee Assistance: monthly grant to assist in economic/social
adjustment of refugees; limited to first eight months in United
State-Local Hospitalization (SLH): assistance with hospital
bills for income-eligible individuals.
Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF): monthly payments to children/families deprived
of support; formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependent
and Training Services in Northern Virginia
Information about Food Stamps (SNAP) from the U.S. Department of
information in Spanish)
- Information from Virginia Department of Social Services: