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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and School Clothing Vouchers

Last Updated On: 8/25/2020 3:46:16 PM

Like everything else right now, the WV School Clothing Voucher process is a little different in 2020.  The deadline is a little later than normal. And this year, eligible families won’t get a paper voucher.  Instead, they will get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card or a check in the mail.  This article has some of the important details you should know. 

When can I apply?

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources recently announced that they will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

How much can each child receive?

Each eligible child will receive a $200 benefit that may be used to buy new school clothes.

Who can apply?

Families with school-aged children with a monthly household income of up to $2,184 for a family of four.

If I already get other benefits from DHHR, will I automatically get the school voucher benefits?

Families with school-aged children will automatically get benefits by the end of August if they get:

• WV Works assistance, or

• Are in Foster care, or

• Have children ages 4-18 that regularly receive food stamps (SNAP), are enrolled in school, and under a certain level of income. 

If you are in one of these groups and you do not get your benefits automatically by early September, contact your local DHHR office

Some families should automatically get an application in the mail in late August to apply. These include families who received the school clothing voucher in 2019 and families who currently have Medicaid coverage only. These families will still need to apply by September 30, 2020.

How do I apply, if DHHR’s offices are closed?

You can apply online at https://www.wvpath.org or by requesting that an application be mailed to you. You can contact your local DHHR office or call DHHR’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-716-1212. If you fill out a paper application, make sure that it gets returned to DHHR by September 30. 

How will I get my benefits?

You will get either a get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card or a check in the mail. This will allow families to potentially shop online and increase the places where families can purchase school clothing. This is different from other years, when families got paper vouchers that were only accepted at certain stores.

What if I don’t get the benefits in the mail?

Contact your local DHHR office. Make sure you contact them before the end of September to ensure that your application has been processed. 

What if I’m turned down?

If you are turned down, you have a right to ask for a hearing to show that you do qualify for school clothing benefits. But you MUST apply for the benefits before September 30 to be able to have a hearing.

If you are having trouble getting your school clothing benefits or if you have been turned down, you can contact Legal Aid of West Virginia to apply for help at 1-866-255-4370 or apply online. 

This is general legal information. For guidance about your situation, talk to a lawyer.