Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Locality Groupings [22 VAC 40 ‑ 293]
Amend Definition in Locality Groupings Regulation
Action 5051
General Information
Action Summary Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Services (TANF) provides monthly cash assistance to eligible families. This regulation establishes criteria for local departments of social services to change TANF locality groupings. Each local area is sorted into a locality grouping which determines payment levels for recipients of TANF in that locality. The regulation indicates the required data and the criteria to determine if a locality may switch to another locality grouping and change payment levels. In the 2017 state budget enacted by the General Assembly, action was taken to eliminate Group I and move all Group I localities to Group II. This change took place July 1, 2017. The definition of “locality groupings” in this regulation makes reference to Group I, Group II, and Group III. The definition is being amended to be consistent with the General Assembly action. The reference to Group I is being eliminated.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005462]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8278 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/07/2019.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Mark Golden  / TANF Program Manager
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7385    FAX: (804)726-7357    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.