Wed. Jun 19th, 2024

The deadline to apply for $500 direct payments per month is quickly approaching. In Sonoma County, California, eligible residents will get money for two years, but they must take action.

The county collaborated with the cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Healdsburg as well as a coalition of neighborhood organizations to introduce the “The Pathway to Income Equity” program.

Through Monday, October 31 at midnight, residents can submit their applications at PathwaySonoma.org.

The 305 low-income households in Sonoma County will benefit from the two-year experimental initiative.

When submitting the application, there is no requirement for verification. Instead, those who are chosen will be required to provide documentation demonstrating their eligibility.

The pilot program received slightly over $3 million from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in May.

Along with support from non-profits, additional financing comes from the cities of Healdsburg ($250,000), Petaluma ($636,000), and Santa Rosa ($1,000,000).

In order to qualify, the family must:

  • Be a Sonoma County resident
  • Depending on family size, have a household income of up to 185 percent more than the federal poverty line ($51,338 or less for a family of four, for example).
  • Have had negative economic effects as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, such as a loss of employment, income, child care, or housing, or be expecting a child or parenting a child under the age of six
    ITINs and Social Security numbers are not required of residents in order to apply.

This initiative, like many others of its kind across the nation, aims to reduce financial stress, especially for families with small children, while simultaneously aiming to promote economic stability and reduce poverty.