Many Americans are poised to get a financial boost before Christmas, thanks to plans by numerous state and local governments to distribute money in the form of stimulus checks or universal basic income.
The following are the states and localities that plan to provide financial assistance to their residents before the holidays.
The Golden State Stimulus II initiative is expected to provide stimulus cheques to nine million California residents by the end of 2021.
Low-income Chicago households will continue to receive UBI payments, which means that qualifying families earning less than $35,000 per year will be eligible for $500 in monthly payments. This event's participants are picked at random.
The state of Columbia began sending $500 recurring payments to 100 low-income fathers in September. The payments will be deposited onto debit cards and handed out for a total of 12 months.
The state of Florida plans to distribute stimulus checks to first responders from pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade teachers in December, with those who qualify receiving a one-time payout of $1,000. Gov. Ron DeSantis has stated that the money will be distributed to 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals.
Since Nov. 15, Maine citizens have been getting stimulus payments, with this one-time payment of $285 going out to over half a million people.
In Maryland, the poorest families and individuals will get stimulus checks, with qualified families receiving $500 and individuals receiving $300.
Teenagers will be granted $350 in monthly payments as part of Louisiana's financial literacy initiative, with the first batch being handed out in December and the program lasting for the next ten months. People who are eligible for this must be between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployed, or not enrolled in school.
Over the next two years, 200 low-income households in Pittsburgh might get $500 per month as the city attempts to spend some of its COVID funding in this way. Payments will begin to be given out later in 2021, according to Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto.
Low-income households in Seattle can qualify for stimulus checks worth up to $3,000, but the deadline to apply was Nov. 15. Those interested in receiving money from the Seattle Relief Fund must be 18 years old or older and earn less than half of Seattle's median income, which is under $40,500 for individuals and $57,850 for a family of four.