Santa Ana is kicking off a $6 million stimulus program to help the city’s most needy citizens get back on their feet. Six million dollars in prepaid Visa debit cards will be distributed to 20,000 homes under the Revive Santa Ana Resident Stimulus Program after the City Council approved it unanimously on the night of November 16 and increased the total amount to include more households, according to CBSLA.
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According to Orange Register, with a budget of $6 million, the program hopes to help 20,000 renters in Santa Ana census tracts with poverty rates higher than the city’s 42 percent median poverty level. In order to alleviate some of the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Santa Ana received $128.3 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento had said that the COVID-19 pandemic had had a disproportionate effect on the poor and those living in overcrowding, especially in areas of high poverty. Families impacted by the pandemic will benefit from the Resident Stimulus Program, putting money back into their local economy.
The city’s decision comes at a time when the state is still dispersing stimulus funds. Payments of up to $1,100 are available under California’s Golden State Stimulus II. According to The Sun, taxpayers making less than $75,000 a year and those who have filed their 2020 taxes before October 15 are the recipients of these letters.
A renter in the city said that card would be beneficial as the gentrification of the area and the rise in prices have made life difficult for many residents, as per ABC7. City workers will be going door-to-door to distribute the cards in the coming weeks. If a head of household cannot be contacted at an address, the delivery will be scheduled for a later time.
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