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Virginia's Initiative for Employment not Welfare


What is VIEW?
Virginia's Initiative for Employment not Welfare.
Who must participate in VIEW?
All TANF recipients with children over the age of 12 months with the exceptions of:
  • Individuals under the age of 18 or over 60
  • Any individual between 18 and 19 who is enrolled full-time in school
  • Any disabled individual
  • Any person who is the sole caregiver of a disabled household member
  • A parent or primary care giver of a child under 12 months
  • Any caretaker/relative who is not the natural or adoptive parent

What are the requirements of VIEW?
The individual must sign an Agreement of Personal Responsibility stating that they will participate in work activities in order to receive their TANF check. If an individual is unable to obtain employment within the allotted timeframe, they will be placed in community work experience. Failure to comply in a work activity will result in a sanction or closure of public assistance benefits.

How long can a person participate in the VIEW program?
24 months, which do not have to be consecutive
What happens at the end of the 2 years?
The participant can qualify for 12 months of transitional assistance in day care and transportation.
What type of supportive services are usually requested from a VIEW participant?
Day care, transportation, vocational training and assessment, i.e. computers, G.E.D. prep classes, job readiness training and financial/budgeting classes.

Date Last Modified: 10/24/2008


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