Office of Communications
For more information contact:

John D. Law
Office of Communications & Legislative Affairs
West Virginia Department of health and Human Resources
Phone: 304-558-7899 Fax: 304-558-7075

For immediate release

School clothing allowance distribution set for July 6th - 9th

With the start of the new school year just around the corner, many parents begin planning for their children's upcoming school year during the early days of summer. Purchasing clothing or material to make clothing is an integral part of that planning and important to starting the school year out in a good manner.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Family Assistance, will begin distribution of clothing vouchers in mid-July to qualified families who currently receive WV WORKS cash assistance. The families who do not currently receive cash assistance have already started submitting applications for the 2005-2006 school clothing allowance program and have income below 100 percent of the current Federal Poverty Income Level.

Each voucher is good toward the purchase of clothing or piece goods for those families that desire to sew clothing for their children. Certain eligibility requirements exist. Families who wish to apply can contact their local DHHR office or call toll free 1-800-642-8589 to request an application be mailed to them. The deadline for new applications is July 31, and school clothing allowance vouchers must be redeemed at participating stores by October 31, 2005.

Applications may also be made online through inROADS at