School Clothing Allowance Applications Accepted through July 31


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human
Resources (DHHR), Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting
school clothing allowance applications on Monday, July 1, 2019, for
eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.

“Starting a new school year is stressful enough as it is for our
children and their parents, the last thing that they should be worried
about is whether or not they’ll have a new outfit to wear,” Gov. Jim
Justice said. “Our school clothing allowance program is so very
important because it allows many of our students to get new clothes that
fit so they can be comfortable and can focus on excelling in the

Families with school-aged children enrolled in the WV WORKS program will
automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers for each
school-age child in the home by mid-July 2019.  Children receiving
foster care will be issued a check.

Families who received school clothing allowance vouchers in 2018 and
currently receive Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) benefits from DHHR should have received an application by mail in
June 2019.  Mailing address updates can be made online at
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 $2,146.

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, 2019. Click here for a list of participating stores.

“In 2018, more than 98,000 West Virginia children were assisted by the
school clothing allowance program,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner of
DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. “This program fills an
important need for children and families in back to school

To learn more about eligibility guidelines or to apply, contact your
local DHHR office, apply online at or call 1-877-716-1212.
Verification of income for the month of July must be submitted with the

Applications must be received in the local DHHR office by July 31, 2019.