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Residents can get in-person help to apply for Direct Cash Assistance

CITY HALL – City residents can get in-person help to apply for $500 cash assistance, at an event on Saturday, Dec. 18. The event is for people who are elderly, have disabilities and/or lack Internet access.

The St. Louis Department of Human Services is offering the help, in partnership with the Treasurer’s office and the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The event will be at the St. Louis Community College–Forest Park Student Center, 5600 Oakland Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made now until noon on Dec. 17, at noon by calling 866-948-3742. Walk-ins are not encouraged.

Each appointment will last about 30 minutes; about 720 appointments are available. Masks must be worn at all times, and stations will be sanitized between each appointment.

“The assistance from this program will help many families and City residents, and we want to ensure that we remove as many barriers as possible so everyone who qualifies has the opportunity to apply for this direct financial help,” Treasurer Adam L. Layne said.

Eligible city residents who do have Internet access do not need an appointment and can begin applying for the assistance on the city’s website when the application launches on Dec. 18.

To be eligible, people must be St. Louis city residents and be able to show proof of residency from 12 months ago. Their income must be at or under 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), and they must have experienced loss of income because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Only one person per household will be eligible for a payment, with priority given to heads of household. A full list of eligibility requirements and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the city website.

Cash cards of $500 will be delivered to 9,300 city families through the program, which will run until the funds are exhausted.

Direct Cash Assistance is one facet of the $135 million direct relief package from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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