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Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Locality Groupings [22 VAC 40 ‑ 293]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description This regulation establishes procedures by which local boards of social services may request changes in their locality grouping, which is used to determine the amount of payment for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). To change locality groupings, local boards must provide fair market rent data to the State Board of Social Services. If the data meets the criteria stated in the regulation, that is, the rent costs in the petitioning locality are 20% higher than a bordering locality and both localities are in the same grouping, or the rent costs are less than or equal in a bordering locality and the bordering locality is in a higher grouping, then the change may be approved. In all cases funds must be available for the change to be effective.
State Authority ยง 63.2-217
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation The goal of this regulation is to create a more equitable TANF payment structure by providing a means for a locality to change a designated grouping assignment.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Mark Golden  / TANF Program Manager
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)726-7385    FAX: (804)726-7357    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amend Definition in Locality Groupings Regulation Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/07/2019.
Establish regulation for changing locality groupings Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/28/2004.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
6/18/2020 Completed Retain As Is
2/18/2016 Completed Retain As Is
8/22/2011 Completed Retain As Is
10/23/2007 Completed Retain As Is