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    Social Services

    Main Number:  (434) 455-5850

    Business Hours:

    • 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday
    • Closed on City holidays.

    Drop box available near the main entrance for after hours.

    99 Ninth Street
    P.O. Box 6798
    Lynchburg, VA 24505

    The Lynchburg Department of Social Services, under the leadership of Director Tamara Rosser, recently combined with the Lynchburg Department of Juvenile Services to form the Department of Human Services.  It 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. To learn more about the Virginia Department of Social Services, go to http://www.dss.virginia.gov.

    • Apply online for financial benefits at https://www.commonhelp.virginia.gov
    • You can also apply for benefits over the phone at 855-635-4370
    • Benefit applications are taken at the Agency daily from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays)  You will be notified for an appointment, if required.


    A limited number of parking spaces are available in the agency lot immediately adjacent to the visitor entrance. We ask that all visitors be mindful and considerate of all parking signage, as well as courteous to others.

    Part Time Positions Available

    The Adult Services Unit is accepting applications for Companion Program providers. This is a part time position that provides light housekeeping and companionship for adults.  Applications can be picked up from the receptionist on the 3rd floor of the Human Services building through Monday, January 14, 2019. Call 434-455-5746 for additional information.

    Office of the Director

    Toys for Tots

    When/time:    October 1st & 3rd 1:00-4:00
                            October 8th & 10th 1:00-4:00
                            October 15th & 17th 1:00-4:00
                            October 22 & 24th 1:00-4:00
                            October 29th & 31st 1:00-4:00
                            November 5th & 7th 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
                            November 12th & 14th 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
                            November 19th & 21st 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
                            November 25th & 26th 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
    Where:           Lynchburg Social Services 3rd Floor

    Please bring Photo ID and Medicaid card or Birth Certificate for each child, as well as proof of benefits. Children up to 14 years

    Looking for other community resources?  The United Way of Central Virginia manages the resource guide, 2-1-1, which has lots of helpful information.