Los Angeles Giving Out Pre-Paid Debit Cards and Being Illegal Won’t Disqualify Applicants

Per DailyCaller, Los Angeles will be doling out pre-paid debit cards to residents who have faced economic hardship due to the coronavirus lockdown, and living in the country illegally won’t disqualify you from getting the cash.

KTLA5 reports Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a privately funded campaign Monday to help impoverished Angelenos who may be facing at least one more month of lost income by supplying them with free, prepaid debit cards.

A website and phone number for the program, dubbed the Angeleno Card, appeared to be swamped and unable to process the demand as soon as the application period opened Tuesday morning.

Garcetti said that was due to overwhelming demand, but the website was back up again by Tuesday evening.

A staggering 56,000 applications were submitted on the first day, according to Garcetti.

“Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten through, because there’s two more days still,” he said.

The no-fee debit card is available to city residents whose total household income fell below the federal poverty line before the COVID-19 crisis began and who had their income reduced by at least another 50% due to the outbreak.

The cards will come with $700, $1,100 or $1,500, depending on the size and income of each household, a news release stated.

Assistance from the federal government isn’t enough and won’t reach enough residents, Garcetti said in his daily coronavirus address Monday night.

Cash assistance to families is “exactly what’s needed right now,” the mayor said.