The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting applications July 3 for school clothing vouchers for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. 

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

Families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance, as well as those in foster care, will automatically receive school clothing vouchers for each school-age child in the home by mid-July. 

Families who received school clothing vouchers in 2016 and currently receive Medicaid or SNAP benefits from DHHR should have received an application by mail in June. Mailing address updates should be made to the Customer Services Center at 1-877-716-1212 or online at to ensure prompt delivery of these vouchers.

Others may be eligible for school clothing vouchers, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,050. 

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

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 application.

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

— Wendy Holdren

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