CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is providing $200 clothing vouchers for low-income school-aged children.
[cleeng_content id="930188945" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]The DHHR began accepting applications for vouchers on July 1.
Bureau of Children and Families representative Betty Scarberry said eligibility into the program is based on family income limits.
“Families already receiving assistance from the state have their income verified,” she said, adding those who are new to the system must verify their July income when filling out an application at their area DHHR office.
Applications can also be filled out at www.wvinroads.org. All applications must be filled out by July 31.
Each eligible child enrolled in West Virginia schools will receive a $200 voucher that may be used toward the purchase of school clothing or piece goods for families who sew clothing for their children.
Monthly income limits for July 2014 is $958 for one person, $1,293 for two, $1,628 for three, $1,963 for four, and the figures escalate but cannot exceed $3,973 for 10 persons.
Tammy Belmont, a senior policy specialist for the school clothing program said most stores that participate in the voucher program would display a sign in their windows.
“Some stores offer discounts in addition to accepting vouchers,” Belmont said.
Foster care families received checks in lieu of vouchers.
The program began in 1971.
In 2012, more than 81,000 children in West Virginia received $200 vouchers that allowed their parents to purchase new school clothing at participating retailers across the state. In Jefferson County, 894 households received vouchers last year for 1,602 children.
Vouchers must be used by Oct. 31, 2014.