Low- and middle-income families might still be eligible for financial assistance to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. While the national government initially provided the federal stimulus checks, state governments now bear an obligation.
CBS News said a few states are using their own stimulus monies or surpluses to support particular individuals. These include low-income families or teachers, with direct aid reaching over 25 million people beginning this month.
While some members of Congress have suggested a fourth stimulus check, it is unlikely at this time since the White House is focused on its infrastructure ideas. Some of the states that are sending cheques to specific citizens are listed below.
Cities, States Offering Payments up to $12,000
BGR explains the current updates in certain states around the United States and how they are assisting their residents with financial help and stimulus cheques below.
Members of the Pittsburgh City Council expressed support for a similar scheme in September. For the next two years, 200 low-income individuals would get a $500 monthly stipend. By the conclusion of the program, each beneficiary would have received $12,000.
Officials of Ann Arbor, Michigan, discuss spending more than $24 million in stimulus money. A stimulus check program, which would provide $500 payments to select families over the next three years, is one idea being considered.
The City Council of Chicago would vote on a UBI proposal that would distribute up to 5,000 families $500 per month as soon as Wednesday.
California has begun distributing $600 Golden State Stimulus II cheques to eligible families. Recipients should earn between $30,000 and $75,000 to qualify. Families with children receive an additional $500.
Los Angeles’ Universal Basic Income Experiment
Los Angeles is undertaking the country’s largest experiment along similar lines. On Tuesday, their City Council approved the $40 million Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG LEAP) initiative. The city will provide $1,000 per month for a year to around 3,000 low-income households. Officials did not lay down restrictions as to how the beneficiaries would spend their money.
Los Angeles is launching the US' biggest universal basic income pilot. The scheme will pay $1,000 a month to 3,000 families. https://t.co/VeypiDNPqR
— Finance Insider (@FinanceInsider) October 27, 2021
One of the eligibility restrictions is that candidates must live in Los Angeles. They must also be at least 18 years old and have a household income that is equal to or less than the federal poverty threshold. The program’s website said Los Angeles has launched the most giant Guaranteed Income pilot in America. The city added that it is leading the country in ambitious measures targeted at combating poverty.” It says that applications will open on October 29 at 8 a.m. and will close on November 7.
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