Criteria for $500 Direct Stimulus Payments to Some St. Louis Residents Finalized


The eligibility requirements for direct financial assistance of $500 have been determined by the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office.

In August, the Board of Aldermen approved and Mayor Tishaura Jones authorized a plan to pay $500 to select local citizens. The idea was approved as part of a spending plan for revenue from the American Rescue Plan.


Residents must earn at or below 80% of the area median income, have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic (due to layoffs, decreased hours, funeral expenses, etc.), and have resided in the city for at least 12 months previous to the date of application. Payment will only be made to one individual per household. According to city officials, preference would be given to heads of households.

Eligible candidates can apply beginning December 18. Many neighbors informed News 4 in October that they were dissatisfied with the city’s delayed implementation of the program.

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Are You Eligible?

  • City Residency: You must be a resident of the City of St. Louis. Check your address on the City website to confirm that you live in St. Louis City.
  • Income Requirement: You must earn at or less than 80% of the Area Median Income. The income criterion may be seen in the table in section two of this page on the city’s website.
  • Loss of Earnings: You must have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 problem. These reasons may include, but are not limited to, reduced working hours, job loss, burial expenditures, or treatment costs.

The application procedure necessitates documentation of each of the aforementioned requirements.

United Way of Greater St. Louis will give in-person, by-appointment application seminars for persons without internet access, according to the city’s website. Dates and places will be posted as soon as they are available.

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