Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW)
The Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) supports the efforts of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to achieve independence through employment. VIEW focuses on the participants' strengths and provides services to help them overcome job-related challenges, as well as personal, medical and family challenges that affect employment.
The Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS) administers benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides temporary cash assistance to low-income families with children. Parents who receive this assistance, and are able to work, are required to participate in the VIEW program.
The VIEW program offers parents the assistance and resources needed to find and keep a job. An important aspect of the program is the strong support participants receive from their VIEW case manager, who focuses on each family's individual situation and works with them to support their goals of employment and independence.
Key features and requirements of the VIEW program:
VIEW program support services:
VIEW has strict requirements:
VIEW has strict requirements on the number of hours and types of activities that are part of the work program. In addition to paid employment, authorized work activities include:
Education and training may also be available in some cases
Education and training may also be available in some
cases, and may include: training for a specific job,
studying to receive a high school credential (diploma or GED), or
learning English for those who are speakers of other
Transitional services* that may be available when a participant’s TANF closes are:
*Transitional services are those available to a participant
for up to one year after the participant no longer receives
Fairfax County VIEW Office Locations