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Salaam Bhatti, Esq.

T: (804) 351-5265 | F: (804) 649-0974 | E: [email protected]



Public benefit programs administered by the state and federal government assist qualified individuals with many of their basic needs. The terms public benefits and public assistance are both used to describe the same programs.


Main Issues

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Food Insecurity and Hunger Issues


Current Issue Advocacy

Support for Implementing SNAP Categorical Eligibility
Eliminate Felony Drug Possession as a Barrier to Access TANF Benefits

VPLC provides nonpartisan information about matters affecting the poor and vulnerable in our society to legislators and government agencies. As advocates for many low-income families and children, we provide a voice on issues regarding public assistance such as TANF and SNAP and generally the issues around food insecurity, including food deserts and nutrition.


Education, Outreach, and Training

We provide training to legal aid programs, private bar attorneys, government agencies, and community organizations on public assistance programs and its rules.

We believe that many of the problems that recipients of public assistance have are a result of a lack of information or misinformation. Due to this belief, we work with these numerous non-profit organizations and agencies providing services to low-income Virginians to provide information to current and future recipients. We administer outreach efforts to inform the community of their rights and obligations in public assistance programs. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to have a presentation on public benefits for your members, please contact us.

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