Thousands of New York families will receive $100 from the government
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that New York will send $12 million to low-income families with children 17 and younger, Silive reported.
As part of the state’s share of the federal Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance began sending $100 to low-income families across the state.
“Because of our success in providing federal Pandemic Emergency Relief Fund assistance to some of our most vulnerable residents, New York became eligible for additional funding that had not been used by other states,” Hochul said. “This federal funding will help families impacted by the economic damage caused by the pandemic and give them the ability to quickly access cash to cover their expenses.”
In total, about 120,000 families with children are eligible to receive these funds. Those families will receive notification in the mail of their eligibility before payments begin, Hochul’s office said.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 created the Pandemic Emergency Relief Fund to provide assistance to needy families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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New York initially received $128 million in federal funds from the Pandemic Emergency Relief Fund. States that used up all of the initial funds, like New York, could choose to receive additional funding from states that had unspent funds, at which point the state would receive an additional $12 million.
“These one-time payments will help provide low-income families some financial assistance with their household expenses,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “I am proud to support Governor Hochul’s efforts to help struggling families with children and share her commitment to ensuring that all New York families experiencing economic hardship have access to basic household needs.”