Americans Running Out Of Time, Claim Monthly Payments This Week Before Applications Close

The second phase of Chelsea Eats, a universal basic income initiative in Massachusetts, began last month.

Between November 2020 and August 2021, the first phase provided monthly direct payments to 2,000 households. Just a few hundred participants this time will be eligible for up to $400 each month. The second stage aims to assist residents in need with wintertime inflation and rising energy expenses.

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Who are Qualified?

Chelsea residents must fill out an online application by Friday, January 6, at noon in order to be eligible. Additionally, the applicant’s income must be at or below 30% of the region median, which is as follows:

  • One-person household: $29,450
  • Two-person household: $33,650
  • Three-person household: $37,850
  • Four-person household: $42,050
  • Five-person household: $45,450
  • Six-person family: $48,800
  • $7-person family: $52,150
  • The size of the family will also affect the monthly payout.

For instance, households of one will receive $200, those of two will receive $300, and those of three or more will receive $400 each month.

A “weighted” lottery will be held for those chosen to get the prepaid cards with the amount they are eligible for. Additionally, those who were chosen in the first round will not be permitted to reapply.

When will the funds show up?

Money will be loaded onto a device for those who are chosen. Tom Ambrosino, the municipal manager of Chelsea, recently told The U.S. Sun, “I anticipate the first financial disbursement in late January.” However, the city has not yet specified a precise date. Payments will be made up to March 2023.