Checks of up to $2,000 for qualified adult members of the household and $600 for each of their children are made possible by the Navajo Council. This amounts to $5,200 in financial assistance in total for a family of four. After a vote on December 29, over 345,000 members of the Navajo Nation would be eligible for hardship payments, according to The Sun.
60 And Older Tribe Members To Receive Stimulus Checks
In accordance with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, the residual CARES Act funds have been assigned to aid tribal members 60 years of age and older who received prior assistance from the tribe’s hardship assistance program. Delegate Eugene Tso introduced the bill due to the Treasury Department’s December 31 deadline for obligated CARES Act funds. According to Farmington Daily Times, the federal government will get back any money that has not been spent by the end of the year.
Those who are elderly can expect to receive their check within a few weeks of the Office of the Controller’s payment process beginning. The council requires that a candidate meets the following criteria:
- 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.
Hardship Assistance Program
Throughout a special legislative meeting on Wednesday, the tribe received some of the $2.1 billion in aid provided by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. Participants would receive their money if they applied for hardship assistance in an initial round of payments. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was designed to provide assistance to economically disadvantaged tribal members.
According to the Associated Press, ninety-five thousand children under the age of 18 and an estimated 250,000 adults will each start receiving $600 in payments. And above 60 who had initially shown a need for additional help were given $300 checks on Thursday by Nez, the Navajo Nation President. Some $16 million of Trump-approved relief funds for the tribe will be used to pay the checks.
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