The city will host an in-person event Saturday to help residents with the process of applying for $500 direct cash assistance.
The event will take place at the St. Louis Community College Forest Park Student Center located at 5600 Oakland Ave from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be around 720 appointments of around 30 minutes each to help people without internet access, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Saturday is also the first day the city will accept submitted applications. in line.
The City of St. Louis Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Office of the St. Louis Treasurer and United Way of Greater St. Louis, is making 9,300 payments of $500 to families hardest hit by the pandemic with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
“Assistance from this program will help many families and residents of the city, and we want to make sure that we remove as many barriers as possible so that everyone who qualifies has the opportunity to apply for this direct financial assistance,” said said St. Louis Treasurer Adam Layne. in a report. “This event aims to ensure that vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, people with disabilities and those without internet, can access and complete their application. We urge all other eligible city residents with internet access to complete their application online after opening on December 18.
The city has set several eligibility criteria, including an income limit for residents at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). According to the city website, the limits of the AMI depend on the size of the household. For one person, the 80% AMI would be $47,550 or less and for a five-person house it is $73,350 or less.
Applicants must also prove that they have resided in the city for 12 months and have lost income due to the pandemic, such as reduced working hours, job loss and funeral expenses. Only one individual per household will be eligible for payment, even if the adults in the household are unrelated.
In mid-August, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signed into law a spending plan outlining plans for the first installment of $249 million of the $498 million in federal funds the city will receive over the next few months. next two years under the American Rescue Plan Act. These payments were included in this plan.
Appointments for Saturday can be made until Friday noon by calling 1-866-948-3742. City noted walk-ins are not encouraged.
Online applications are available from Saturday at www.stlouis-mo.gov/emergency-assistance/.