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Are You Eligible for Benefits from the Derecho?

Local - 9/29/2012 1:52 PM
DISASTER SNAP PROGRAM BENEFITS AVAILABLE FOR “DERECHO” VICTIMS IN THE FOUR HARDEST HIT COUNTIES

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) announced today that residents who lived in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties during the June 29 storm may be eligible for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the WV DHHR have approved D-SNAP benefits for storm-affected residents of these counties.

Residents of affected counties who would not be eligible under the regular SNAP rules may qualify temporarily if:

-their home or belongings were damaged or destroyed,
-they had un-reimbursed disaster-related expenses,
-if they had a loss or reduction of income as a result of the disaster.

Some residents who currently receive SNAP may be eligible for supplemental benefits.

Applicants must bring:

-photo proof of identity such as a driver’s license or other picture ID,
-documentation of residence in the affected county at the time of disaster,
-verification of all income received during June 29, 2012 – July 28, 2012,
-verification of assets such as checking and savings accounts,
-verification of all disaster related expenses.

Eligibility will be determined based on the household net income. To determine
net income the following formula is used:

Available Income + Cash on Hand + Accessible Bank Accounts -Unreimbursed Disaster-related Expenses = Net Income.

Other assets, such as homes and automobiles, are not included in the net income eligibility determination.

D-SNAP allowable net income guidelines are listed in the following chart:

Number of Household Members---- Allowable Net Income

1 ---1514

2 ---1832
                            
3--- 2151

4--- 2477

5--- 2821

6--- 3167

7---3485

8--- 3803

9--- 4122

10--- 4441


Most benefits will be available within one day of the date of application. D-SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food for human consumption, but cannot be used to buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco or non-food items. Benefits must be used within 120 days. Persons who purposely provide false information on a D-SNAP application may be denied benefits and legal action may be taken.

All D-SNAP applications will be checked for duplication. If you violate the D- SNAP rules, you may be disqualified from the program, fined up to $250,000 and/or put in jail for up to 20 years.

Applications for D-SNAP benefits will be accepted at the following locations beginning October 1, 2012.

Fayette County:

Falls View – Starting Points Center
Rt. 60, Falls View WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Meadow Bridge Fire Station
Rt. 20, Meadow Bridge WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Kanawha County:

Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center
1701 5th Ave. Suite 1, Charleston WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Coonskin National Guard Armory
1703 Coonskin Drive, Charleston WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
6823 Sissonville Road, Charleston WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Nicholas County:

City of Richwood City Hall
6 White Ave, Richwood WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Raleigh County:

Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department
5950 Robert C Byrd Drive, Beckley WV
Hours: Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beaver Fire Department
147 3rd Street, Beaver WV

Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Trap Hill Fire Department
765 Bolt Road, Fairdale WV
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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