$500 in stimulus payments will be arriving in the state of Virginia in February. The payments will be under Virginia’s Alexandria Recurring Income for Success and Equity (ARISE) program.
In the city of Alexandria in Virginia, 170 residents were selected and notified in December 2022 to receive $500 in monthly payments for 24 months. Another 210 residents will also be selected to participate in a focus group. Although they will not receive monthly payments, they may receive cash incentives for joining surveys. These stimulus payments are under the state’s new universal basic income program called Alexandria Recurring Income for Success and Equity (ARISE).
According to Weiss, the funding for the program came from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) approved by Congress and signed into law in March 2021. To date, the program has already received a total of 4,159 applications. There has been no exact date yet as to when the payments will be distributed but the state confirmed that they will arrive in February. The state is collaborating with MoCaFi as the financial distribution partner that will distribute the payments through a debit-like card.
Fortunately, the monthly payments will not have an effect on the Social Security benefits. These payments will also not affect the residents who receive other cash assistance like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LJHEAP), and any child care subsidy.
Who is eligible for these stimulus payments?
According to Weiss, to be eligible for the stimulus payments, an applicant must be a resident of Alexandria City. They must also be 18 years or older and have a total household income at or less than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). This means that the total household income must include the incomes of all household members aged 18 or older. An income includes the cash benefits like TANF, SSI, SSDI, and child support aside from the money earned from working. The income limit for a household with one person is $49,850 and $71,150 for four.