Santa Ana to provide $ 300 prepaid cards to 20,000 households using stimulus money – Orange County Register

Households in Santa Ana’s most disadvantaged communities will receive $ 300 in prepaid Visa cards next month as part of the city’s Revive Santa Ana stimulus program.

The city council on Tuesday, November 16 unanimously approved the distribution of the cards, which city staff will deliver door-to-door starting December 4.

The $ 6 million program targets 20,000 rental housing units in census tracts with poverty rates above Santa Ana’s median poverty rate of 42%.

The Revive Santa Ana initiative is funded by Santa Ana’s $ 128.3 million allocation from the US federal bailout law, intended to address some of the hardships created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“These low-income families are the ones that have been hit the hardest,” said Mayor Vincente Sarmiento. “It’s pretty amazing and we are blessed because few communities that have the same need that we are able to do for the residents.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen this in my 14 years on the board,” he said, “that in this way we can have a direct impact on households and people’s lives. “

The card will be usable for purchases anywhere Visa cards are accepted, but authorities are encouraging residents to spend their expenses in Santa Ana.

“I hope this money flows as people use it and as it gets used here in town,” Sarmiento said. “It will be like a double injection of stimulus for the households, but also for the companies which will see these cards being exchanged.”

The city intentionally chose to roll out the $ 300 stimulus payments at the start of the holiday season.

“I know this is going to be very necessary over the next few months,” said city councilor David Penaloza.

While council members praised the Revive Santa Ana initiative, some stressed the importance of targeting the most vulnerable seniors when the city receives an expected second installment of federal funding.

“I know in my neighborhood, and as we have seen in previous meetings, there are a lot of low income and fixed income seniors in mobile home parks,” said city councilor Thai Viet Phan. , which represents Ward 1. “And they pay land leases and are affected just as much as a typical apartment tenant, so I’d like us to take a look at that.”

The council also approved the use of federal stimulus money for more rent assistance and grants for businesses and nonprofits, to create new programs for young children and to modernize some community centers. and add recreation facilities and parks.

The city is required to spend all of its federal funding by the end of 2026.

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