Make yourself available now for the in-person direct cash assistance request event on December 18

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Today, 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, announced that appointments for an application event $500 in-person direct cash assistance is open for city residents without internet access, as well as seniors and people with disabilities. The in-person event will take place on Saturday, December 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Student Center located at 5600 Oakland Avenue. Appointments can be made now through Friday, December 17 at noon by calling 1-866-948-3742. Walk-in visits are not encouraged.

Each appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and the event can accommodate up to 720 appointments. Residents must meet all eligibility requirements and bring the necessary documents to attend their application appointment. Masks must be worn at all times and stations will be disinfected between each appointment.

“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 Treasurer Adam L. Layne. “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 online application after opening on December 18.

Eligible city residents who have internet access do not need an appointment and can begin applying for assistance on the city’s website when the application launches on Saturday, December 18.

City residents at least 12 months old who are at 80% or less of the area median income (AMI) and who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be eligible to apply for the program when of the opening of applications. Applicants must be residents of the City of St. Louis at the time of application and must submit proof of residency 12 months prior to the application date. Only one individual per household will be eligible for payment, with priority given to heads of household. A complete list of eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions can be found on the City’s website.

Cash cards worth $500 will be delivered to 9,300 families in the city of St. Louis under the program. The program will be in effect until the funds are exhausted. The direct cash assistance is one facet of the $135 million direct relief package of the US Federal Bailout Act that Mayor Tishaura O. Jones signed into law earlier this year.

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