West Virginia Benefits

Food Stamps (SNAP)

The West Virginia (SNAP)-Food Stamps Program is an initiative that supplements the food budget for low-income families in the state of West Virginia. Eligible households are given monthly benefits, which enable them to buy nutritious foods in groceries and selected stores across the state of West Virginia. Since its introduction, the program has been able to eradicate hunger and promote proper nutrition in the state of Virginia.


The West Virginia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is an initiative by the US federal government and the state of West Virginia aimed at helping low income West Virginia households to meet their heating and other energy bills. Since its introduction, the program has thousands of West Virginia household’s heat up their homes especially in the cold winter months.


Medicaid is an entitlement program that offers health care services to the low-income families and individuals. The Bureau administers Medicaid in West Virginia for Medical Services (BMS), and Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) monitors the BMS.


Unemployment Insurance, called Unemployment Compensation (UC) in West Virginia, provides financial assistance to qualified unemployed workers who have lost their job due to no fault of their own. Such qualified individuals will need to continue to meet eligibility requirements of State law to receive benefits during eligible weeks. The benefits are temporary in nature and offer only a partial wage replacement. It is important that you accurately report the reason you are unemployed and report wages you were earning. You will need to register with the WorkForce West Virginia Employment Service, be available for work and actively search for new job each week to continue receiving benefits. Claimants can file their claims online for UI benefits in West Virginia like most other states. Online application is user-friendly and takes only a few minutes to complete. You can easily apply for benefits by following the guide below.


The West Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is an energy efficiency program that helps low-income households reduces the cost of their energy related utilities. The program achieves this by implementing energy efficiency measures in the homes of its beneficiaries. These energy efficiency measures are based on the results of a computerized energy audit done by a West Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) representative.


The West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children commonly referred to as the "West Virginia WIC" is a program that provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, health care referrals and related social services to low-income: Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women Infants Children up to 5 years The West Virginia WIC is administered by the West Virginia bureau of public health, a division of the Department of Health and Human Resources.