CASH assistance checks up to $350 are still unclaimed in Georgia following a one-time payment that was sent to lower-income residents in late September.
There is still $235million remaining in unclaimed money out of the $1billion sent out due to issues with client IDs or not being able to access cards.
The cash assistance program was launched on Sept. 20 by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s office.
It was meant to be distributed among three million people.
Kemp’s office explained the cash assistance payments are meant to help people “cope” with the after-effects of the pandemic and skyrocketing inflation.
“This assistance will help some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens cope with the continued negative economic impact of the Covid-19 public health emergency and 40-year-high inflation caused by disastrous policies that were implemented by the Biden administration,” said Kemp’s office last August.
WHO S ELIGIBLE?
People who qualify for the assistance must have been active enrollees of Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, SNAP, and/or TANF benefits on July 31, 2022.
Anyone who is enrolled in more than one of these programs will only receive one cash assistance payment, according to Georgia’s Department of Human Resources.
If you are not sure if you are eligible, you can visit gateway.ga.gov and go to the “Check My Benefits – Case Selection” page.
It will show if you or any household members are eligible or ineligible.
“All potentially eligible Georgians should log into their Georgia Gateway accounts and ensure their personal information and contact preferences are up-to-date,” the August press release suggested.
HOW MUCH WILL YOU RECEIVE?
Every person included in the September cash assistance program was expected to receive up to $350.
Lindsey Anderson, an attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid, told Alive11 that $350 makes a huge difference for some when it comes to buying groceries and paying bills.
“That’s huge for a lot of clients. We see people on fixed incomes of $1,000 or less sometimes,” Anderson said.
WHY MONEY HAS BEEN UNCLAIMED
The $235million remains unclaimed mostly due to client ID issues and not being able to access the card with the funds.
One eligible Georgia resident, Rebecca Jean Pratt, told 11Alive that she also has been unable to reach a state representative on the phone to help her with the client ID and card issues.
“If I can’t get through the line to talk to somebody evidently, I’m not the only one having issues with this card,” Pratt said.
There are also 10 different direct payments, ranging from $300 to $1,050, being sent through March 2023.
Alaska and Idaho are also sending out tax rebates next week to eligible residents.