TAHLEQUAH, Okla. The Cherokee Nation Office of Child Support will distribute school clothing vouchers to eligible candidates in July.
OCS Director Kara Whitworth said the office has taken the lead in providing the vouchers and sees it as a great opportunity for another dimension of support for many of the families it serves.
The clothing support program is an opportunity to work directly in the community with children and families. It is a great resource for eligible families to utilize as they prepare for their budgets for back to school necessities, Whitworth said.
Students eligible to receive the $100 vouchers include those who will be or are in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2011-12-school year and reside in the tribes 14-county jurisdiction.
Home school, private school, online school and any students who do not attend a public school are not eligible. Exceptions are made for schools operated by the CN and Oaks Indian Mission School. Also, the student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, to be eligible.
Documents needed during the application process include:
Verification of physical address (utility bill) with the name of a household member on it. Post Office box addresses and drivers licenses are not allowed as address verification.
Verification of household income for all adults living in the home. Check stubs or award letters are allowed. If a household member has no income, he or she must provide a signed, notarized affidavit that states this. The affidavit can be done on site when an application is made, but the unemployed person must be there to sign it and photo identification is required.
Legal forms or foster care agreement forms that specify who has custody of the child or children are required for people who are caring for children who are not theirs, including grandparents raising grandchildren.
Tribal citizenship cards for all children applying for vouchers. Registration verification will be available.
Verification of where the child attends school; either a report card, honor roll certificate, yearbook or anything else to show that the child attends public school and the grade he or she will be entering in the fall.
People may call (918) 772-4144 for more information regarding the program.
The store where vouchers can be used is currently under a selection process and will be determined. Students can buy clothes or shoes but not accessories such as purses, jewelry, cologne, wallets, backpacks or caps. Vouchers must be spent by Sept. 1.
Child support staff will visit sites within the CN jurisdiction in July to distribute the $100 tax-free vouchers. They will be at each location from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. No applications will be taken before 10 a.m. OCS staff said they do not expect to run out of vouchers.
Clothing voucher distribution calendar
July 1 -- Tahlequah Sequoyah High School
July 7 -- Gore Gore High School
July 8 -- Nowata Nowata High School
July 12 -- Fort Gibson Fort Gibson School Cafeteria
July 14 -- Vinita Ewing Halsell Middle School
July 15 -- Jay Jay Upper Elementary School Cafeteria
July 18 -- Tahlequah Sequoyah High School
July 19 -- Stilwell Stilwell High School Cafeteria
July 21 -- Ramona Caney Valley Schools
July 22 -- Salina Salina Schools Cafeteria
July 26 -- Sallisaw Sallisaw High School
July 28 -- Claremore Claremore High School
Income guidelines for the clothing voucher program
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