Applications to receive a voucher to purchase school clothes and school supplies will be taken at Richmond County Aging Services and at the Hamlet Senior Center, located at 202 Lakeside Drive, Hamlet, from July 18 to 27 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Vouchers will be provided by the Family Caregiver Support Program at the Lumber River Council of Governments to financially assist grandparents and older relative caregivers (not the child’s parent) raising minor children or raising a dependent “child or adult with severe disabilities” who will attending school in August. Funds for this program are appropriated through Title III-E of the Older Americans Act, and are available only to senior citizen’s raising a child in their home.
To be eligible for a voucher, the grandparent or an older relative caregiver (not the child’s parent) must: (1) be 55 years of age or older; (2) have custodial care of the child in their home without the child’s parents living in the home; (3) be the child’s primary caregiver with financial responsibility for raising the child; (4) be raising a child between the ages of 5-18 years old who will be attending school this coming school year; (5) or, be raising a severely handicapped child or adult between the ages of 5-22 years who is enrolled in a special education program.
All applications will be reviewed by a panel to determine need and priority for service based on the Family Caregiver Program requirements.
Grandparents who received a voucher last year will be ineligible to apply for one this year. Each voucher is worth $100 and can be redeemed during the week of Aug. 13-17. Please bring documentation of the child’s birth date and someone who can help if you will need assistance in filling out the application.
Contact Jacqueline Braddock at 910-997-4491 or Susan Sellers at 910-582-7985 for more information or directions.