CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK/AP) – West Virginia has begun taking applications for school clothing vouchers today.
The program administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Division of Family Assistance helped more than 98,000 children enrolled in West Virginia schools last year.
Each child whose family meets income guidelines will receive a $200 voucher for use toward the purchase of school clothing or materials to make clothes. The monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,146.
DHHR Policy Specialist Senior, Jessica Dale said, “I mean it takes the stress off the child getting a good outfit for school so they don’t have to worry about that. It gives them confidence for starting the new school year and it’s a stress relief for the parents too because that way the children are covered with their clothing.”
Applications were sent in June to families who obtained vouchers last year and currently receive Medicaid or food stamps. The application deadline is July 31.
Families with school-aged children receiving WV Works cash assistance will automatically receive allowance vouchers by mid-July. Children in foster care will be issued a check.
Families can apply online or at their local DHHR office. Voucher will be accepted by participating stores until October 1.