SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will give cash payments to immigrants living in the country illegally who have been hurt by the coronavirus.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state will use a mix of taxpayer dollars and charitable contributions to give up to 150,000 adults $500 each. Households would be capped at $1,000.
Taxpayers are paying $75 million while a group of charities have committed to raising $50 million. Some charities have already contributed $5.5 million.
Newsom said people living in the country illegally are not eligible for federal stimulus checks or unemployment benefits.
The Governor also announced, beginning April 20, the Employment Development Department (EDD) will help those applying for unemployment insurance, as well as the new Pandemic Unemployment Assitance (PUA) program set to begin on April 28.
PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for those out of work or partially unemployed because of the coronavirus, including the self-employed.
These benefits will be issued within 24 to 48 hours, as opposed to the traditional 21 days for regular unemployment insurance claims.