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WV DHHR taking applications for school clothing vouchers

 

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Family Assistance has begun accepting applications for school clothing vouchers.

The program serves children enrolled in West Virginia schools. Each eligible child will receive a $200 voucher that can be used either for purchasing clothing or for piece goods, for families who choose to sew clothing for their children instead of buying it.

Families with school-aged children who already receive WV WORKS cash assistance automatically will receive vouchers for each child in their home by the middle of the month, DHHR officials said.

Other families also are eligible for the program, as long as their monthly income is no higher than $2,050. The DHHR’s figure is based on families of four.

Once received, the vouchers must be used by Oct. 31. Several stores are participating in the program, including large chains like Walmart and small consignment shops. A full list of stores is listed on the DHHR’s website.

In 2016, more than 84,000 children were able to get school clothing through the program, said Jessica Holstein, a DHHR communications specialist.

The program has been in place since 1971, as part of a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant.

“Children should begin their new school year with confidence, and the school clothing program affords eligible West Virginia children that opportunity,” Linda Watts, acting commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families, said in a statement.

For more information about guidelines for eligibility, or to apply, contact a local DHHR office, apply online at wvinroads.org or call 1-877-716-1212.

Kanawha County’s office is at 4190 Washington St. W., Charleston. Its phone number is 304-746-2360.

Putnam County’s office is at 3405 Winfield Road, Winfield. Its phone number is 304-586-1520.

Verification of income for the month of July must be submitted with the application.

The deadline to apply is July 31.

Reach Ali Schmitz at ali.schmitz@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4843 or follow @SchmitzMedia on Twitter.