May 1 Extended Deadline Nears for Economic Stimulus Equity Fund Applications
As many as 4,000 New American immigrants in Vermont may still be missing out on last year’s $1,200 stimulus check. The Vermont Economic Stimulus Equity Fund is aimed at remedying that, but so far only about a fifth of the estimated Vermonters eligible have applied.
“We know that there are eligible Vermonters who need and deserve this fund but haven’t registered yet,” says Indra Acharya, Project Manager for the Equity Fund. “Through the hard work of our partners and distribution organizations, we have delivered or are currently processing funds for 1,066 eligible individuals, and their 1,090 children. This means there are lots of funds still available.”
Applicants Have Until May 1 to Apply for $1,200+ in Equity Stimulus Funds
CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE EQUITY FUND
More than a dozen statewide partners are collaborating to implement the Equity Fund. Their various roles include identifying eligible individuals, assisting them in navigating the application process, and distributing the assistance directly to these Vermonters. Capstone Community Action, Migrant Justice, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Association of Africans Living in Vermont, and many of Vermont’s local asylum seeker groups, such as Community Asylum Seekers Project are involved. Vermont Law School and Vermont Legal Aid offer legal assistance. The Vermont Community Fund administers the program.
Reaching Immigrants, Refugees, Undocumented Workers Through Community Outreach
The 2020 state law aims to get relief money to the families who need it most. That includes new immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, and others whose immigration status made them ineligible for the federal stimulus.
Last year, Vermont became one of the first states in the country to create a COVID-19 economic stimulus fund with state funding for individuals who were previously unable to receive federal stimulus checks due to immigration status. This population—approximately 5,000 Vermonters—includes undocumented workers, individuals without a social security number, individuals married to someone who is undocumented, and in some cases, asylum seekers and their children. The $5 million Economic Stimulus Equity Fund, which includes money from the Agency of Human Services and Vermont’s general fund, was signed into law by Governor Phil Scott on October 2, 2020, setting the stage for the program to be rolled out in 2021.~Vermont Community Fund
How To Learn More and Apply for Vermont’s Economic Stimulus Equity Fund
To apply to the Fund before the registration period ends on MAY 1, 2021, visit: bit.ly/VTCovidEquity.
To find out if you’re eligible, read the FAQ available in English, Spanish, French, or Arabic.
For more information and application forms in several languages, visit the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s information page. The application is currently available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Swahili, Nepali, and Burmese.
Translation and free legal consultation are available. If you have questions, reach out to Program Manager Indra Acharya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find Multilingual Resources for New Americans at COVIDSupportVT. In addition, the entire website has one-click translation to nearly 100 languages.
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