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Asher Notheis, Breaking News Reporter


NextImg:Stimulus update: Direct $500 payments for more than 300 families to be sent in 25 days


In 25 days, families receiving money from a guaranteed income program in California will receive their next payment of $500.

Sonoma County selected 305 families to receive $500 every month for two years as part of its Pathway to Income Equity program, and the next payment is scheduled for April 19. Officials will study the effects of the additional income on reducing poverty and promoting economic mobility for families with young children, according to the Sonoma County Administrator's Office.

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“These payments will help families with young children who are often struggling under the double burden of the high costs of housing and child care — typically the two highest household expenses,” said Chris Coursey, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

“The information we gain from this pilot program will help shape future efforts to improve the health and welfare of our community,” he said.

Angie Dillon-Shore, director of the nonprofit group First 5 Sonoma County, told the Washington Examiner these payments would go out to recipients on the third Wednesday of every month and that the final payment would be issued in December 2024.

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Applications for the program were open for those who met specific criteria. Requirements included being a resident of Sonoma County, being pregnant and/or the parent of a child no older than 5, being affected by COVID-19, and making an income of less than 185% of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $42,606 for a family of three.

A total of 6,450 online applications were submitted for review, and 2,383 met the eligibility requirements. Applications for the program opened on Sept. 1 and closed on Oct. 31.