- Johnson County officials will fund relief payments using American Rescue Act money
- Beneficiary must meet an income threshold and several other criteria to be eligible for payments
- Payments are expected to reach recipients in late June or early July
Iowa – More than 2,000 people living in Johnson County, Iowa are set to receive one-time stimulus payments worth $1,400 as part of the local government’s response to rising prices.
Johnson County officials have set aside $2 million from the American Rescue Act to fund the next round of relief payments under the Direct Assistance program. Although Iowans were allowed to apply by last Friday’s deadline, not everyone who applied will receive the $1,400 checks.
According to the program’s eligibility criteria, a one-person household must have an annual income of $45,370 or less to qualify. The threshold increases to $51,870 or less for a two-person household and $64,805 for a four-person household, depending on Fingerlakes 1.
In addition to the income threshold, the recipient must suffer from food or housing insecurity, job loss, or have been excluded from previous federal stimulus payments to qualify for the one-time $1,400 checks.
Individuals eligible for a federal program, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are also qualified to receive the relief payments.
Everyone who applied for the stimulus check will be contacted by Johnson County officials, whether or not they were selected to receive the payments. People who may have made a mistake during the application are also given between June 10 and June 17 to correct the error. Payments are expected to reach recipients in late June or early July.
Donna Brooks, grants coordinator for Johnson County, said between 2,300 and 2,400 people will receive the checks. She added that she was confident many people in Iowa would benefit from the checks.
“We hope that this program will bring the benefits that we had anticipated, namely the revival and stimulation of the local economy as well as the stabilization of households,” she said. Press-Citizen. “The community need was there, and it was a worthwhile investment of ARPA resources.”
Johnson County stimulus payments come as gas prices rise expected to reach an average of $5 per gallon as of June 17. Currently, the national average is $4.62 per gallon.
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