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Stimulus update: Direct Christmas bonus $500 payments being sent out now to families

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 2022-12-03

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T ennessee residents who are eligible for the state’s Families First Program can expect to see an extra $500 p ayment this month , with checks expected to arrive by the end of this month.

The one-time payment is the third of its kind from the Families First Program to be sent out to families over the last year. Before the pandemic, payments from the FFP were somewhat rare, according to state officials, but they have become more common after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Those who are eligible for the program typically see a payment of around $382, but some recipients have seen payments up to $1,400 over the last year, according to local news station WJHL. Some of those increased payments were due to an additional “Back to School” payment distributed earlier this year.

“We’ve accumulated several million dollars in a reserve fund,” said state Rep. David Hawk. “So, we’ve got the monies available to go out. And number two, it is a time of year where families can be completely stressed out.”

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Hawk said the program helps families navigate financial strains by addressing families’ specific needs. Several of the recipients are usually employed, he said, and can enroll in career development training through the program.

“These are folks that should be able to recognize where their family’s greatest needs are, whether it be through childcare, whether it be through some type of a gift, whether it be the car just had some problems and we need to make some repairs there,” he said. “This will give families that latitude to be able to take care of life.”

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Lou Jackson
12-03

True, there are some many single parent families that don't miss a beat, I know, I'm 1 of them & work with many others. That $ should be used for seniors on fixed incomes & special needs people that aren't getting the big increases in pay that most others are after the pandemic. Enough already. Other countries treat their elderly so much better than the U.S. does

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Rose Russell
12-04

true help the single parents that keep having kids my question is what about the senior citizens who lives below the poverty we need just as much help... just because we have worked out entire lives without help and now retired and no dependence and on ssi and SSDI we always get shoved out.

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Terecia Judkins
12-03

why can't someone help the people that really need it. a lot of people need it,but there are some that really need it.things out of their control special needs/ circumstances.please God give me a break

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