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The Charlottesville Department of Social Services is one of 120 local departments in Virginia's state-supervised, locally-administered public social services system. The Department is an agency of city government which administers federal, state, and local public assistance and social work service programs.

Our Purpose Statement:

To join with the community in providing social services that meet essential needs, promote self-sufficiency, and enhance the quality of life for all residents.


The Department of Social Services is located at 120 Seventh Street, N.E., on the second floor of the City Hall Annex

Hours of operation:

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., unless closed in observance of a city holiday

Benefit applications are taken daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Intake interviews are by appointment only. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.  If needed, appointments can be scheduled outside of our regular hours of operation upon request.     


Available food resources in the community.  

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint  of discrimination, write to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).

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