TODAY was the deadline for nearly 60,000 American families to get relief money.
In Florida, Sunday, August 7 was the final day for eligible residents to receive a one-time payment of up to $450 per child.
According to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), checks were to have started arriving on July 25th and should all have arrived by Sunday.
The free money is part of a budget plan from Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis that was rolled out in July.
Who is eligible for the payments?
The cash is intended to help families affected by rising inflation.
They must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible:
- Foster parents
- Relative caregivers
- Non-relative caregivers
- Families receiving TANF cash assistance
- Guardianship assistance program participants
At least 59,000 Floridian families are set to benefit.
Families did not need to apply and the checks have been mailed directly to eligible recipients.
A tweet from the Governor’s spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, showcased a letter sent from Governor DeSantis’ office last month, which said the money can be “used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump.”
As The Sun previously reported, some Floridians receiving the letter thought it was a scam at first.
The money came from the $35.5million Florida state budget signed off by Governor DeSantis in June.
The funds are part of an initiative called Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity.
Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis is spearheading the campaign.
The goal is to help people become self-sufficient.
The program expanded to include foster and adoptive families so that they have a one-stop-shop to call and connect with dedicated Care Navigators who can offer support and guidance for immediate and future family needs.
“If an individual has an issue with the depositing/cashing of the check, they can call our payment vendor at 833-681-3438 to attempt to resolve,” a DCF spokesperson told News4Jax.
For all other questions regarding eligibility in the program one can call the Customer Call Center at 850-300-4323 “so their issue can be discussed and if needed sent through a review process,” per the spokesperson.
Florida is not the only state giving out tax rebates amid rising inflation and a cost-of-living crisis.
About one dozen states, including California, have been sending out similar checks to help combat inflation.
Meanwhile, thousands of Americans can expect a direct payment of up to $300 this month, as eight states have scheduled relief cash programs.