Stimulus update: Direct payments worth $500 for more than 300 families to be sent in 10 days

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Stimulus update: Direct payments worth $500 for more than 300 families to be sent in 10 days

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Families in Sonoma County, California, receiving money from a guaranteed income program have 10 days before they receive their next payment.

The Pathway to Income Equity program gives 305 families in the area $500 every month for two years, and the next payment is set to be issued on April 19.

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“These payments will help families with young children who are often struggling under the double burden of the high costs of housing and child care — typically the two highest household expenses,” said Chris Coursey, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

“The information we gain from this pilot program will help shape future efforts to improve the health and welfare of our community,” Coursey said.

Sonoma County officials will study what effect this additional monthly income has on reducing poverty and promoting economic mobility for families with young children, according to the Sonoma County Administrator’s Office.

Officials said the payments are delivered on the third Wednesday of each month and added that the final payment in the program will be issued in December 2024.

The program accepted applications for the payments last year, and 6,450 applications were submitted online. Officials said that of all the applications, 2,383 met the eligibility requirements. The application period was from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.

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“Most of our selected recipients are already working, many working more than one job or more than 40 hours a week just to survive,” said Angie Dillon-Shore, director of the nonprofit group First 5 Sonoma County. “This extra income will allow them to spend more time with their families, find a better job, or improve their financial well-being, resulting in better outcomes for their kids.”

The requirements for this program include being a resident of Sonoma County, being pregnant or having a child who is less than 6 years old, being affected by COVID-19, and making an income of less than 185% of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $42,606 for a family of three people.

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