St. Louis distributes 6,000 cash assistance payments

ST. LOUIS — More than 6,000 payments have been distributed to residents of the City of St. Louis through its direct cash assistance program. These payments represent more than $3 million.


What do you want to know

  • The total represents nearly two-thirds of the funds allocated to the program
  • The organization is working on processing applications to ensure forms are completed correctly
  • The program has enough funds for 9,300 applicants.
  • The City of St. Louis is working with United Greater Way of St. Louis, MoCaFi, and Ignite Cities to distribute payments.

The total represents nearly two-thirds of the funds allocated to the program. The cash assistance money comes from the US Federal Bailout’s $135 million direct relief package.

The City of St. Louis is working with United Greater Way of St. Louis, MoCaFi, and Ignite Cities to distribute payments.

“The City of St. Louis is trying new and innovative ways to support working families who have suffered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Tishaura O. Jones said in a news release. “These payments are helping thousands of families put food on the table and pay the bills.”

Centraide of Greater St. Louis suspended the application portal to process and review submitted applications on December 22 after receiving over 10,000 applications over a 4-day period.

The organization is working on processing applications to ensure forms are completed correctly. The program has enough funds for 9,300 applicants.

Michelle Tucker, President and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis, said she was proud to partner with the City of St. Louis and the Treasurer’s Office to secure more resources and support in the community.

“We understand the significant impact direct assistance from the program can have on thousands of city residents and families by providing basic needs like rent, food, transportation and childcare,” Tucker said.

Adam Layne, the city of St. Louis treasurer, said he hopes this is just the first step. He says he hopes more residents will take advantage of all the other free resources available to support their financial stability. Lane says some of those resources include free one-on-one credit counseling and alternatives to high-interest loans. You can read more about them on the City of St. Louis website.

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