This might be one of the last Stimulus Check programs left: San Diego families who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and who are still struggling financially, can apply for a new $4,000 grant from Monday. Eligible, low-income families will have an opportunity to apply for a grant from the Recovery Action Fund for Tomorrow (RAFT).
RAFT, which was established by the Jewish Family Service non-profit group, will assist as many as 2,250 San Diego families.
The plan was approved by San Diego County and announced last Friday. Officials representing the County Health and Human Services Agency were joined by County Board chair Nora Vargas and representatives from the Jewish Family Service to announce the plan.
In a statement, Vargas said that San Diego’s local government recognizes how many residents are still struggling as a result of measures taken to mitigate the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know that struggle continues for many. We want this money to help people overcome those hardships,” Vargas said.
The Jewish Family Service specifies on its website that the payments will be available to families with children under the age of 18, and to seniors, with a view to helping those most at risk of homelessness.
“RAFT will provide one-time cash distributions in the amount of $4,000 to families with children under 18 years of age and seniors, prioritizing those at risk of homelessness. This fund addresses the growing need for flexible funds, will connect recipients to resources that help them maximize the receipt of these funds, and will support them in planning for their future,” the non-profit said.
$4,000 Stimulus Check: Do You Qualify?
To qualify for a one-off payment for as much as $4,000, applicants’ annual incomes must be less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. That means a family of four must be earning no more than $60,000 per year to qualify for the grant, and a single person must earn no more than $30,000.
Not all families that meet the criteria will receive funds, however, and those who qualify will be chosen at random until the fund is completely depleted. Funds will be wired directly to successful applicants’ bank accounts and will take the form of a grant, meaning they will not need to be paid back. Successful applicants can also choose to use the money however they wish.
If you meet the criteria, you may apply for the grant here.
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