Clothing Allowances Available

W.Va. Dept. of Health and Human Resources’ Division of Family Assistance is accepting school clothing allowance applications for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.

“Through raising our own children, Cathy and I know the import-ance of back to school preparations for West Virginia families,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “Grow-ing kids need new clothes and shoes.

“The school clothing allowance program liter-ally helps West Virginia students begin the school year on the right foot.”

Families with school-aged children currently receiving W.Va. 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.

Families who received school clothing allowance vouchers in 2017 and cur-rently receive Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from DHHR should have received an application by mail in June.

Mailing address up-dates can be made online at or by calling DHHR’s Custo-mer Services Center, 1-877-716-1212, to en-sure prompt delivery of vouchers.
Others may be eligible for school clothing allow-ance 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 Oct. 31. For a list of participating stores, visit
“Last year, the school clothing allowance pro-gram helped more than 90,000 West Virginia chil-dren enter the new school year with confidence,” said Linda Watts, acting commissioner of 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 about eligibi-lity guidelines or to apply, contact your local DHHR office, 354-6118; apply online at, or call 1-877-716-1212. Verification of income for July must be submitted with the application.

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