A few beneficiary groups are scheduled to receive their first round of $500 monthly direct payments starting in January.
They arrive as Cook County, Illinois, has already distributed the first round of its 3,250 resident beneficiaries’ universal basic income payments.
The Cook County Government announced on Thursday that the money would “reach participants in the coming days.”
You must adhere to strict requirements, which in many cases include having a low income, to qualify for many of the upcoming UBI programs.
Here are the cities that will be receiving monthly Direct Payments in January; however, some of them lack precise dates.
1. Chelsea, Massachusetts – up to $400
The city recently began the second phase of its UBI program, where it will provide up to 700 additional residents with monthly payments of up to $400.
2,000 households in Massachusetts received monthly Direct Payments from November 2020 through August 2021 as part of the Chelsea Eats program’s first phase.
The residents will only receive the money for three months during the second run of the program.
As in the previous round, you must be a resident of Chelsea and make less than 30% of the area median income to be eligible.
The following is a list of the thresholds based on the inhabitants of each home.
One-person household: $29,450
Two-person household: $33,650
Three-person household: $37,850
Four-person household: $42,050
Five-person household: $45,450
Six-person family: $48,800
$7-person family: $52,150
The size of the family will also affect the monthly benefit.
For instance, families with one person will receive $200 per month, those with two people would receive $300, and those with three or more people will receive $400.
If you meet the requirements, you can submit an online application until Friday, January 6 at noon.
The chosen individuals’ funds will be loaded onto debit cards.
Payments will be made up until March 2023.
2. Coachella, California – $400
In Coachella, California, new monthly payments will begin to be made.
They will be distributed to 140 families for two years at a cost of $400 per month.
Participants have the option of having the money deposited into their checking account on a monthly basis or having it loaded onto a prepaid card they would get in the mail.
All of the following must be submitted in order to be eligible for the program:
should be a resident of Coachella, California be at least 18 years old possess a valid government-issued photo ID that isn’t expired
being a parent to at least one child under the age of 12 in your home in 2021
had a household income of less than $150,000 or less than $75,000 in 2021.
provided information to the IRS as a non-filer in 2020 or 2021 or filed a tax return in 2019 or 2020.
Applications were accepted through Friday, November 11 but are no longer being accepted.
On Tuesday, December 27, those who were accepted will start receiving notifications.
The first round of qualifying participants’ monthly payments should arrive sometime in January, according to the city.
3. Alexandria, Virginia – $500 per month
The ARISE program in Alexandria, Virginia, which will provide 170 people with $500 in monthly payments for two years, began operating in October.
The income of Alexandria residents will determine eligibility.
For instance, it has to be equal to or lower than 50% of the area median income.
The ceiling for a single-person household is $49,850.
Additionally, candidates need to be at least 18 years old.
In November, the city ceased accepting applications.
According to program officials, those chosen will be informed in December by phone, email, and text, assuming they were provided on the application.
The first batch of monthly checks will then start to be issued in the final week of January.
Another program that could launch in January
The UBI program in Rochester, New York, is also important to note.
175 residents will receive $500 each month for a full year.
Income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level in order to qualify.
Although the program is scheduled to begin in early 2023, it is unknown whether there will be an application process, according to a Rochester spokesperson who spoke to The Center Square.
Of course, there is no guarantee that will occur in January.