City of St. Louis publishes criteria for direct cash assistance of $ 500

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  • Saint-Louis Town Hall.

Residents of St. Louis will soon be able to apply for direct cash assistance of $ 500, the mayor’s office announced today.

Over the summer, Mayor Tishaura Jones and the council of aldermen argued over how to spend federal relief funds, especially a slice of the money intended for direct cash payments to residents in need. . The payments were added to the spending plan after a long battle, but since then have been in limbo as the city scrambled to work out the details of the program.

Residents will have to wait until December 18 to apply for the funds, but can now view the eligibility requirements online.

City citizens must be equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income and have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as reduced hours, job loss, treatment or funeral expenses.

“Direct cash assistance will go a long way in helping families in our city support themselves and put food on the table,” said Yusef Scoggin, director of the City of St. Louis Department of Social Services. . “Prior to the opening of applications, we urge interested Saint-Louis residents to prepare and organize the materials they will need to apply. We are working as quickly as possible within the program parameters that have been proposed and adopted by the Council of Aldermen to begin the application process and provide more than 9,000 families in St. Louis with the support they need.

The city hopes to be able to help around 9,300 families, according to its website. Only one member of the household may receive the funds at the opening of applications. Once approved, residents will receive their payment by cell phone or mail, but more information on the distribution is expected later. After you apply on the city’s website, you may receive updates on the status of your application until a decision is made.

Homeless people can apply for funds, but must go through a homeless service provider who has access to the Homeless Management Information System database; the supplier must submit the request on their behalf. Undocumented residents are also welcome to apply and must apply through a non-governmental partner agency that has a 501 (c) 3 and works with the undocumented population. The agency representative must electronically sign with the undocumented resident.

In-person application workshops will be available by appointment for those without internet access, provided by United Way of Greater St. Louis, but no date is available yet.

Applicants will need proof of residency and income when applying. See the requirements at www.stlouis-mo.gov.

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