Direct cash assistance a flashpoint of City Hall pandemic aid debate | Politics

 Direct cash assistance a flashpoint of City Hall pandemic aid debate | Politics

Instead, her office began studying other ways to distribute the funds, with Jones’ chief of staff explaining that there’s a more expansive universe of people who need the help.

Further details weren’t available until Jones outlined what she had decided in a letter to Reed on Wednesday.

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Under her plan, applicants would have to show proof of economic hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced work hours, an increase in child care expenses, funeral expenses due to a COVID-related death or unplanned out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the virus.

Only residents earning 80% or less of the city’s median income could qualify, with the specific amount depending on…

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