(CNN Spanish) — The Government of Florida decided to send checks of US$450 per child to nearly 59,000 families in the state before the start of classes. This is what you should know about the benefit.
A total of US$ 35.5 million of the budget are allocated to this initiative, according to information available on the official website of Republican Ron DeSantis administration.
This is a one-time benefit, sent to families who are enrolled in a series of state social programs.
Who received the payment?
The payment was sent to families receiving monetary support from the Pandemic Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, families with foster children, and those in the Guardianship and Family Assistance programs. care by relatives or non-relatives of the Department of Children and Families.
To be in the selection, families had to be enrolled in the programs by July 1.
If you received the check, you can cash it at Chase Bank or directly deposit it into your account. To validate its authenticity, you can call 833-681-3438, while if you have any other questions about TANF, the line to ask is 850-300-4323.
What can the $450 be used for?
Although the delivery of this check occurs in the context of going back to school, you can use the money to buy what you need, according to De Santis.
“As a father of three children, I know that preparing for a new school year can be both exciting and stressful. To offset the costs of rising inflation, especially with a new school year approaching, the state of Florida is giving you US $450 for each child in your care. This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to filling up gas,” says the letter he sent to the beneficiary families of the payment.
The governor takes the opportunity to recall, however, that between July 25 and August 7 there will be a tax-free on items such as clothing, bags, computers, shoes and other items for school. All the details about these tax exemptions Before going back to school you can consult them here.
Inflation in the United States spiked in June and hit a new pandemic-era high, with consumer prices rising 9.1% year-on-year, according to the latest data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Florida is not the only state that is offering extra help in this context. In early July, California announced that $9.5 billion of its budget would go toward helping 23 million Californians through the “Middle Class Tax Refund.” With them, state residents can opt for up to US$1,050, as long as some requirements are met.