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$300 stimulus to brighten the season: Mayor Bass’ holiday gift to LA families

According to a report by The Sun on December 21, 2022, a stimulus of $300 has been announced by Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles, aimed at benefiting 5,000 families during the holiday shopping rush. The funds, which come from a $1.5 million pot, will be distributed through the GIVEN program, which is part of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and a partnership between Bass, the city’s Community Investment for Families Department, and its Family Source Centers.

According to Bass, the stimulus is intended to provide “direct and immediate financial assistance to help brighten the holidays for families who are going through a difficult time.”

Families who wish to qualify for the stimulus must meet certain criteria, including living in Los Angeles, having a household income at or below 80% of the area median income, and demonstrating hardship. The funds will be provided in the form of cards as part of the direct-cash assistance program and will be distributed to qualifying families through the Angeleno Connect Card.

Los Angeles officials have implemented several programs that provide direct cash assistance to residents during the pandemic. According to a report published by KTLA on December 20, 2022, these programs have provided nearly $50 million to over 130,000 residents. The funding for these programs comes from donations made by Los Angeles residents to the Mayor’s Fund.

Mayor Bass attended a holiday event on December 16 to celebrate the launch of the GIVEN program, which provides direct financial assistance to low-income families. In a statement, Bass said that he is proud of the program and committed to helping all Angelenos, particularly those who are struggling financially. The program was one of the first initiatives launched under Bass’ administration.

While the stimulus is limited to 5,000 families, it is a welcome addition to the six direct-cash assistance programs that have been implemented in Los Angeles since the start of the pandemic, providing much-needed support to those facing financial difficulties.

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