Stimulus update: Direct payment worth up to $400 to be paid to Massachusetts residents in nine days

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FILE – In this June 15, 2018, file photo, cash is fanned out from a wallet in North Andover, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Elise Amendola/AP

Stimulus update: Direct payment worth up to $400 to be paid to Massachusetts residents in nine days

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Recipients of a food and utility subsidy program in Chelsea, Massachusetts, only need to wait nine days before they receive their next payment from the program.

These payments, ranging from $200 to $400, will be given to 738 selected households on April 15. The payments are meant to subsidize food and utility bill payments for residents.

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“Recipients of the program will be chosen using a lottery system,” according to the program’s website. “City staff is reviewing applications and giving preferences to applicants with children under 18, disabled residents, veterans, seniors over 65, families who are ineligible for other forms of federal assistance, families with a female-identifying head of household, and families with a member with a marginalized gender identity.”

A Chelsea city spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that the funds would be loaded onto recipients’ debit cards, which were already issued to recipients in early March. Recipients were chosen through a lottery system.

The amount recipients will receive from this program will depend on how many people are in their household. A household of one will receive $200, a household of two will receive $300, and a household of three or more will receive $400.

To have been eligible for this program, families had to have been residents of Chelsea and had a household income 30% less than the area median. Households of one would have to make below $29,450, and households of two would have to make below $33,650 to be part of the program. The amount increased for each additional member of the household.

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This payment will mark the second of three payments recipients will receive from this program. The first payment was already issued on March 15, and the final payment will be issued on May 15.

The spokesperson told the Washington Examiner the program would be discontinued after the final payment.

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