2017 Session

Budget Amendments - SB900 (Committee Approved)

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Locality Grouping Change for TANF Assistance Payments

Item 342 #2s

Item 342 #2s

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services FY2017 $0 FY2018 $90,000 GF
FY2017 $0 FY2018 $2,500,000 NGF

Page 339, line 56, strike "$262,036,010" and insert "$264,626,010".

Page 342, after line 13, insert:

"O.  Effective July 1, 2017, the Board of Social Services shall move the following localities from Group I to Group II for the purposes of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families cash benefits:  Counties of Clark, Gloucester, Isle of Wight and Mathews, and the City of Suffolk.  Furthermore, the board shall move the following localities from Group II to Group III: County of Loudoun and the Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg."


(This amendment provides $90,000 from the general fund and $2.5 million from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant the second year to update locality groupings for TANF cash assistance payments for eligible individuals. The grouping influences the amount of the cash assistance payment. The locality groupings were created in the 1970’s and have rarely been updated since that time. The current Group I, II, and III groupings have grown inconsistent over time and this action updates the groupings based on housing costs. Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Fair Market Rents by locality was used to update the groupings.)