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11 states are sending stimulus payments to Americans ahead of Christmas, is one yours?

Before the holiday arrives, millions of Americans can expect some form of financial relief from their local or state government.

These payments are typically in the form of a one time stimulus payment or recurring Universal Basic Income payment.

States and cities are following the example of the federal stimulus checks sent by the government.

These local government payments come at a time when Americans are asking for a fourth stimulus check.

Related: $3,000 stimulus checks going out before Christmas, do you qualify?

Here are 11 states and cities planning to send Americans stimulus or UBI cash

California is current sending batches of its Golden State Stimulus II checks to qualifying residents.

In all, 9 million California residents are expected to see a payment.

The latest batch has 794,000 paper checks being mailed out worth $568 million in all.

They began going out Monday and will continue through the end of the year.

Related: Surprise stimulus checks are being sent in some states, see if you’re eligible for a $1,000 stimulus payment

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This batch is going to residents with zip codes ending in 720-927.

Residents who made less that $75,000 in 2020 and filed 2020 taxes by Oct. 15 are eligible.

Florida’s governor is considering sending stimulus checks worth $1,000 to teachers and first responders.

This would impact 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals.

Related: States can still apply for $600 stimulus checks to give workers, see who qualifies for the $700 million dollar program


Maine began sending stimulus payments on Nov. 15 worth $286 to over 500,000 residents.

Those eligible must have made under $75,000 in 2020 when filing single or under $150,000 filing jointly.

Maryland is sending residents checks worth $300 and $500 through their RELIEF Act.

422,531 residents qualified, with 98% receiving their check in Feb.

7,811 checks were returned, and the state is looking to find their owners before the end of the year.

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The payments went to those who claimed the earned income tax credit.

Seattle is offering stimulus relief worth up to $3,000 from the Seattle Relief Fund.

To qualify, you must be over 18 with an income under $40,500 if single or $57,850 for a family of four. Income must be under 50% of the area median income for Seattle.

Columbia, South Carolina, is paying 100 low income fathers $500 per month for 12 months.

The payment is given on a pre-loaded debit card through the Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Boost.

Related: Will there be a fourth stimulus check in the future?

Following the 12 months, data will be analyzed to address poverty, financial stability, and inequity.

Participants will be chosen at random for Chicago’s low income universal basic income program.

Families making under $35,000 per year may qualify for payments worth $500 per month.

New Orleans has started a financial literacy program that gives teens and young adults chosen at random monthly payments.

The payments are worth $350 and will go out for 10 months. The goal of the program is to teach younger generations about banking and money management.

Related: Thousands will receive stimulus checks worth $530 to $3,000, is one yours?

Pittsburgh plans to give 200 low income households in the city $500 per month for two years.

Santa Ana, California is giving out $300 loaded debit cards to some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Many cards have been hand delivered, but the city plans to hand out all 20,000 of the cards.

Finally, Minnesota will send tax refunds worth around $584 to 540,000 residents.

Many payments have already been issued, but those that aren’t will be processed in early 2022.

These checks are going to those who paid taxes on unemployment benefits.

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