The holidays can put a lot of strain on your wallet.
Entertainment, gifts and travel are some of the extra expenses to the monthly budget, but there is some relief here and it comes in various forms.
Several agencies have programs to help people with the hopes of making the holidays a happy holiday.
Other states have helped their residents by sending stimulus money.
Whether it concerns rental assistance or heating assistance, it is good to check what is available in your own city or province.
Many non-profit organizations and churches also provide essential clothing for those in need. This includes items such as gloves, hats and scarves.
There are deadlines to meet or eligibility requirements.
Here’s an overview to help you through the holidays and the new year.
December marks the final payment of 2021 for many Americans eligible for a stimulus check.
Others will begin payments for Universal Basic Income in 2022.
California has the Golden State Stimulus I and Golden State Stimulus II.
Golden State Stimulus II checks ranged from $600 to $1,100.
In addition, the City of Los Angeles launched its guaranteed income pilot program.
In 2022, approximately 3,000 families will receive $1,000 for a year.
Paper checks are sent with the last three digits of your zip code and will be sent through January 11, 2022.
In addition, in Santa Ana, California, a total of $6 million in payments will go to poor neighborhoods in the city.
The Revive Santa Ana Resident Stimulus Program offers $300 loaded on prepaid Visa debit cards.
It’s going to 20,000 rental units in Santa Ana, California.
Officials began door-to-door deliveries of the cards from Dec. 4, according to The Orange County Register.
Some employees received a payment of $1,000.
Teachers and first responders were eligible.
The one-time payments for Florida workers were a thank you to those who acted during the pandemic.
The checks went out in August 2021.
The Florida governor has also proposed a new round of teacher bonuses for 2022.
The state of Maine is sending residents who worked during the pandemic a one-time $285 disaster benefit.
Payments started in November and will continue until the end of 2021.
Maryland gave eligible residents payments of $500 for families and $300 for individuals who filed for the earned income tax credit.
Payments are in progress depending on when you filed your tax return.
The City of Chicago will give $500 to 5,000 low-income families as part of its pilot program for guaranteed basic income.
Payments are expected to begin in 2022, which can come in handy if you’re dealing with an expensive holiday season.
In Louisiana, eligible teens get $350 a month as part of the state’s financial literacy program.
The first set of payments will be made in December and will last for 10 months.
To be eligible, you or your child must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and either be unemployed or out of school.
7. Help with heating
Home energy utilities (HEAP) can help if you’re at risk of having your utilities shut down.
HEAP provides funded assistance to manage costs associated with home utility bills, energy crises, weather events and energy-related minor home repairs.
You can check out your state’s HEAP site and see how it helps people pay the cost of heating their home.
Eligibility is based on income, household size, primary source of heating and who in your household is under six, 60 or over, or permanently disabled.
8. Rental assistance
Difficult tenants can get help with their housing costs as part of the coronavirus emergency response.
In December, Congress first approved a $25 billion lease program, followed in March by another $21.55 billion.
If you’re approved for exemption, you can get up to 18 months of rent covered.
If you have already been approved for rent but are still behind schedule, you can usually reapply as long as you apply for a waiver for another period.
9. Additional SNAP Benefits
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which runs the SNAP program, began providing more funding in October 2021.
The additional funding is part of ongoing aid to the pandemic.
The cost adjustment marks the first time the plan has changed since it was first introduced in 1975.
The average SNAP benefit increased by $36.24 per person, per month.
The amounts may vary by state.
Plus, there are discounts for SNAP recipients that you can find in your city.
A number of states also offer additional food stamps for the month of December, and these are worth at least an additional $95 per household.
10. Christmas for the kids
During this season of giving, local churches and nonprofits provide low-income families with free Christmas toys, gifts, and meals.
Often you don’t need to be a member of that church. It is best to contact your local faith-based organization to find out what they offer.
The Salvation Army also helps households in need.
Families should request help from the charity.
We share the costs of heating your home this winter.
And how you can reduce your heating costs this winter.
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