There will be checks worth up to $2,000 for eligible adults and $600 for each child, resulting in a family of two adults and two children receiving $5,200 in financial assistance, according to The Sun. More than 345,000 members of the Navajo Nation will receive hardship payments after a vote was held on December 29.
Navajo Nation Stimulus Checks
Some of the tribe’s $2.1 billion in aid from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act was tapped during a special legislative session held on Wednesday. Members of the tribes who applied for hardship assistance in a previous round of payments will automatically receive their funds. The program was developed to assist financially disadvantaged tribal members in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to AP, parents or guardians of 95,000 tribal members under the age of 18 will each receive $600, while an estimated 250,000 adults will each receive $2,000 in payments. For those 60 and older who had previously demonstrated a need for additional assistance, Nez approved $300 checks on Thursday. Approximately $16 million of the tribe’s relief funds approved by former President Donald Trump will be used to cover the checks.
60 And Older Tribal Members
According to Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, remaining CARES Act funds have been allocated to help tribal members 60 and older who previously received assistance from the tribe’s hardship assistance program. As a result of the December 31 deadline set by the Treasury Department for obligated CARES Act funds, the bill was introduced by Delegate Eugene Tso. Otherwise, the federal government will get back any funds that have not been used by the end of the year, as per Farmington Daily Times.
Elders can expect to receive their check in the next week or two after the Office of the Controller begins the payment process. To be eligible, a candidate must meet the following requirements, according to the council:
- Seniors who applied to the Controller’s Office by November 30, 2020, or by September 30, 2021, for the Navajo Nation CARES Fund Hardship Assistance Program
- Seniors born before December 31, 1961, who has a birth certificate or Certificate of Indian Blood on file with the Controller’s Office are eligible.
- The Controller’s Office paid out a hardship assistance check to older persons who had been qualified for the program.
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