Financial and Basic Needs Assistance

Assisting Individuals and Families Meet Basic Needs

The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services offers several programs which assist individuals and families to meet their basic needs. Learn more about applying for assistance at CommonHelp, a partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services.

For programs and services which more specifically assist adults, families and children, visit the Adult, Family and Children's Services page. For housing assistance, visit the Housing Assistance page.

Auxiliary Grant Program

An auxiliary grant (AG) is an income supplement for individuals who receive supplemental security income (SSI) and certain other aged, blind, or disabled individuals who reside in a licensed assisted living facility (ALF) or an approved adult foster care (AFC) home. Learn more about auxiliary grants from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).


To be eligible for an Auxiliary Grant:

  • You must be 65 or older, blind or disabled
  • Have countable resources of less than $2,000 for one person or $3,000 for a couple
  • Have countable income that is less than the approved rate for the home plus an allowance for personal items
  • File an application in the locality where the person lived prior to entering the adult care residence or adult family-care home
  • Have been assessed and determined to need care in an adult care residence or an adult family placement

Grant Application

To apply for the grant, please complete an application (PDF).

Grant Renewal

To renew a grant, please complete a renewal application (PDF).