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Clothing Assistance Program to begin July 5

Clothing Assistance Program to begin July 5

In this 2014 photo, Amanda Shell, from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, registers to receive Cherokee Nation clothing vouchers for two of her three children at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah. ARCHIVE

The Cherokee Nation’s Family Assistance will again give out school clothing vouchers to eligible children through its Clothing Assistance Program this summer beginning July 5.

The vouchers will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:

• Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play” on July 5 in Tahlequah,

• Carl Albert College’s Multi-Purpose Student Center on July 6 in Sallisaw,

• Stilwell High School cafeteria on July 12,

• Salina Middle School cafeteria on July 13,

• Catoosa New Dome cafeteria on July 25,

• CN Sam Hider Health Center on July 26 in Jay, and

• Sequoyah High School’s “The Place Where They Play” on July 27.

The vouchers will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

• Warner High School on July 11 in Warner,

• CN Vinita Health Center on July 18,

• Nowata Public Library on July 19, and

• Washington County Fairground on July 20 in Dewey.

Family Assistance Manager Angela King said voucher applications would be taken and distributed the same day.

She said 6,850 children received $100 clothing vouchers in 2016, and the program has approximately the same amount of vouchers to distribute this year.

“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.

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

According to income guidelines, households cannot make more than $15,075 for one person, $20,300 for two people, $25,525 for three people, $30,750 for four people, $35,975 for five people, $41,200 for six people, $46,425 for seven people and $51,650 for eight people. For families/households with more than eight people, add $5,225 for each additional person.

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.

News Source Credit: cherokeephoenix.org

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