The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting school clothing allowance applications on Monday, July 2, 2018, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.
“Through raising our own children, Cathy and I know the importance of back to school preparations for West Virginia families,” said Governor Jim Justice. “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.”
Families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance, as well as those in foster care, will automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers for each school-age child in the home by mid-July 2018.
Families who received school clothing allowance vouchers in 2017 and currently receive Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from DHHR should have received an application by mail in June 2018. Mailing address updates can be made online at wvinroads.org or by calling DHHR’s Customer Services Center at 1-877-716-1212 to ensure prompt delivery of vouchers.
Others may be eligible for school clothing allowance vouchers, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,092.
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 by October 31, 2018. For a list of participating stores, visit dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/Services/familyassistance/Documents/SCA%20Vendors%20_2018.pdf.
“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. “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.
Applications must be received in the local DHHR office by July 31, 2018.