St. Louis officials on Tuesday released eligibility criteria for the $ 500 direct cash assistance payments the city provides to certain residents under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The St. Louis Department of Social Services and the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office have partnered with United Way of Greater St. Louis and Mobility Capital Finance to provide the 9,300 payments to families hardest hit by the pandemic.
The application portal for residents will open on December 18.
Yusef Scoggin, director of the Department of Social Services, said the money will put food on tables and help families meet their needs.
“Prior to the opening of applications, we urge interested Saint-Louis residents to prepare and organize the materials they will need to apply,” he said in a statement. “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.
These documents are a license or a valid identity document, two documents proving residence (see website for details) and proof of income for each adult working in the household.
The ad described several eligibility criteria, including an income limit for residents equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income (MAI). According to the city website, the MAI limits depend on the size of the household. For one person, the 80% MAI would be $ 47,550 or less and for a house of five people it would be $ 73,350 or less.
Applicants must also prove that they have been resident in the city for 12 months and that they have lost income due to the pandemic, such as reduced working hours, loss of employment and funeral expenses.
Only one person per household will be eligible for a payment, even if the adults in the household are not related.
In mid-August, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones adopted a spending plan outlining plans for the first installment of $ 249 million of the $ 498 million in federal money the city will receive over the years. next two years through the American Rescue Plan Act. These payments were included in this plan.
She also vetoed around $ 33 million in final package post allocations after weeks of controversial debate between herself and Alderman President Lewis Reed over whether this part of the bill meets federal guidelines. .