The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will once again do its part to help families with school-aged children fill their wardrobes.
In a press release, the DHHR announced that the deparment’s Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting applications for school clothing allowance vouchers from Monday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
“Through raising our own children, Cathy and I know the importance of back to school preparations for West Virginia families,” said Governor Jim Justice in the release. “Growing kids need new clothes and shoes. The school clothing allowance program literally helps West Virginia students begin the school year on the right foot.”
To qualify, the monthly income for a family of four must not exceed $2,092.
Children in foster care and families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance will automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers for each school-age child in the home by mid-July.
Families who received the vouchers in 2017 and currently receive Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from DHHR should have already received an application by mail in June 2018.
Each eligible child will receive a $200 voucher that may be used toward the purchase of appropriate school clothing or piece goods for families who sew clothing for their children. Vouchers must be used at participating stores by October 31, 2018.
“Last year the school clothing allowance program helped more than 90,000 West Virginia children enter the new school year with confidence,” said Linda Watts, Acting Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families, in the press release. “The support this program provides to West Virginia’s families allows for better educational outcomes and brighter futures.”
To learn more about eligibility guidelines or to apply, contact your local DHHR office, apply online at wvinroads.org or call 1-877-716-1212. Verification of income for the month of July must be submitted with the application.