West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

West Virginians Impacted by July Flooding May Qualify for Disaster SNAP Benefits

8/30/2017

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced that residents who lived or worked in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties during the July 29, 2017, flooding may be eligible for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. Approved by DHHR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), D-SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food, but cannot be used to buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco or non-food items.

“Residents who are not normally eligible for SNAP may qualify for D-SNAP due to disaster-related changes, including inability to access money in checking or savings accounts, unreimbursed disaster-related expenses or loss/reduction in income as a result of the disaster,” said Linda Watts, Interim Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. 

Eligibility will be based on the household’s net income, which is determined by adding available income, cash on hand and accessible bank accounts, then subtracting unreimbursed disaster-related expenses. Assets such as homes and automobiles are not included in the net income eligibility determination. View eligibility guidelines at http://bit.ly/2acZBFs

Residents of the 4 identified counties may apply for D-SNAP benefits at the following locations from September 6, 2017 through September 12, 2017.

County

Site Location

Site Address

Hours of Operation

Harrison

 

 

Harrison DHHR

153 W. Main Street, Suite D

Clarksburg, WV 26302

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Marion

Marion DHHR

416 Adams Street, Suite 307

Fairmont, WV 26654

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Marshall

Marshall DHHR

400 Teletech Drive, Suite 2

Moundsville, WV 26041

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am –  5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wetzel

 

Wetzel DHHR

1236 North State Route 2

New Martinsville, WV 26155

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm



Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring the following items:
  • photo proof of identity such as a driver’s license or other picture ID;
    • other identification, such as but limited to:  school ID card or record, marriage record, library card, credit card, employment services registration card, Social Security card, voter registration card, military discharge papers, selective service card, state ID card, passport, military identification card, are acceptable.
  • documentation of residence in the affected county at the time of disaster; 
  • verification of all income, including employment income received during July 29, 2017 – August 27, 2017; 
  • verification of assets such as checking and savings accounts; and
  • verification of all disaster-related expenses.  

Most benefits will be available within one day of the date of application. Benefits must be used within 120 days. 

Some residents who currently receive SNAP may be eligible for supplemental benefits.  Residents of Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties who received SNAP benefits in July and were impacted by the flood may request supplemental benefits through signing a supplemental benefits affidavit.  Individuals who received SNAP benefits in July who worked in an eligible county may also request a supplement through signing an affidavit.  Affidavits are available at local DHHR offices, by calling 1-877-716-1212 or at http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bcf.  Current recipients who received the maximum benefit for their households are not eligible for supplemental benefits.

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. Persons who purposely provide false information on a D-SNAP application may be denied benefits and legal action may be taken.

D-SNAP benefits are 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899

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