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Incentive payments: what are the cash boosts planned for Christmas?

meach Americans are expected to financial boost before Christmas, as several state and local governments plan to send money in the form of stimulus checks or if universal basic income.

The states and cities that are planning to help their citizens with some money before the holidays are as follows.


Nine million California residents are thought to receive incentive checks by the end of 2021 as part of the Golden State Stimulus II program.


The state of Florida plans to issue incentive checks to pre-K through 12th grade first responders during the month of December, with those eligible to receive a one-time payment of $1,000. Governor Ron DeSantis has said 175,000 teachers and 3,600 directors could receive the money.


Maine residents have been receiving incentive payments since Nov. 15, with this one-time payment of $285 going to more than half a million people in the state.


In Maryland, there are incentive checks to the poorest families and individuals, with eligible families receiving $500 checks, while individuals can claim $300.


Stimulus checks worth up to $3,000 are being offered for low-income residents in Seattle, but the deadline to apply was Nov. 15. As part of the Seattle Relief Fund, those seeking the money must be 18 years of age or older and earn less than half of the median income in Seattle, which is less than $40,500 for individuals and $57,850 for a family of four.


The state of Columbia began sending recurring payments worth $500 to 100 low-income fathers in September, and these will be loaded onto debit cards, sending payments for a total of 12 months.


Low-income households in Chicago will continue to receive UBI payments, meaning eligible families who take home less than $35,000 each year can receive $500 in monthly payments. The participants for this are chosen at random.

New Orleans

As part of Louisiana’s financial literacy program, teens will receive $350 in monthly payments, with the first batch shipped in December and the program set to last for the next 10 months. Eligible people must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and either be unemployed or out of school.


A total of 200 low-income households in Pittsburgh could receive $500 a month over the next two years as the city plans to use some of its COVID funds. As Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto points out, payments will be sent later in 2021.

Saint Nicholas

The City of Santa Ana, California will send more money on top of the state’s Golden State Stimulus II Program, with the Revive Santa Ana Resident Stimulus Program sending $6 million to poor neighborhoods in the city. These $300 payments are loaded onto Visa debit cards and sent to 20,000 Santa Ana “rental units.”