MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The State of Tennessee has stepped in to help people who have gone months without a job.
Officials established a program called Emergency Cash Assistance. They hoped the program would give families a little cushion while they’re out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner Danielle Barnes said every day the need becomes greater for families affected by COVID-19.
“They are unable to work because of situations outside of their control,” said Barnes. “This emergency cash assistance can help those families survive.”
The state continued to push people who are eligible to apply for the Emergency Cash Assistance.
“This is for families. It’s for pregnant women,” Barnes said. “It’s for families who have experienced a tremendous loss of employment or a reduction that they were not anticipating as a result of COVID-19.”
The program provides two monthly cash payments from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program to families that were employed as of March 11 and have lost a job or lost at least 50 percent of their income.
It would provide up to $500 for households of 1 or 2, $750 for families of 3 or 4 and up to $1,000 for families of 5 or more.
“Once you apply it’ll take up about 2 or 3 days to process that application,” Barnes said. “Then we’ll send the card to your home so that could take another 5 to 7 days. We’re anticipating it could take up to 10 days.”
Officials added those who plan to apply will need to provide a layoff notice or proof of receiving reduced hours due to COVID-19.
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