Clothing Assistance Program applications now available

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/31/2018 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s Family Assistance will again give out school clothing vouchers to eligible children through its Clothing Assistance Program this summer, and applications are available now.

Family Assistance Manager Angela King said voucher applications will be taken via fax, mail, email or walk-in until June 29. Applications can be found at http://www.cherokee.org/Services/Human-Services/Family-Assistance or picked up any of the Human Services field offices in Tahlequah, Catoosa, Stilwell, Locust Grove, Sallisaw and Jay.

“The intent of this program is so the children can have at least one nice outfit to begin the school year with,” King said.

King said the vouchers must be spent at Stage stores. According to its website, there are approximately 10 Stage locations within the CN.

She said the vouchers must be spent on school clothing and not on accessories such as backpacks or fragrances. She added that the vouchers have no expiration dates and can be utilized during the state’s tax-free weekend of shopping on Aug. 4-6.

To receive vouchers, students and families must meet eligibility requirements and income guidelines. Eligibility requirements and required documents are:

• Student must be a CN citizen,

• Student and family must live within the CN jurisdiction,

• Student must be in grades kindgertarten-12 for the upcoming school year,

• Must bring proof of school enrollment for each child,

• Kindergarten students must be age 5 before Sept. 1,

• Must bring a utility bill, not older than 30 days, that shows physical address or service address,

• Custodial parent or legal guardian must show identification and complete application,

• Guardians must bring letters of guardianship issued by a district court, and

• Must bring verification of income for everyone in the household, and

• Household must meet income guidelines. Income guidelines are the 2018 National Poverty Income Guidelines plus 25 percent.

Also, state home schooled children are not eligible for the program.

According to the CN website, the Clothing Voucher Program is funded through the Tribal Council and has been implemented through Human Services since 2006. The goal is to assist families with back to school expenses by providing financial assistance for school clothes for the children’s first day school.

For more information, call 918-453-5266 or email angela-king@cherokee.org.

Click here to viewthe clothing aid application.

Click here to viewthe clothing aid FAQ.

Click here to viewthe clothing aid information document.

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