ST. LOUIS — St. Louisan’s struggling financially due to the pandemic will have to wait a little longer than expected for financial relief from the city.
The city’s direct cash assistance program is moving slower due to an influx in applications and the analysis necessary according to Mayor Tishaura Jones's office.
Initial estimates projected money would be sent to residents 3-5 business days after approval. Now the wait is up to 14 business days following approval. Electronic cards will be available between 24 and 48 hours.
The program gives 9,300 St. Louis residents who qualify for $500. It’s funded by the American Rescue Plan. It’s designed to cover basic needs.
“It will help me from being homeless,” Angelica Chism, a neighbor said. “I can tell you that much. It will give me another month where I can figure something else out."
“Well you know I am in school, so I plan on purchasing another laptop,” Natalie Hill said.
Mayor Jones promises help is on the way. She asks for patience in the meantime.
“I said that we cannot go back to normal because normal didn't work for most St. Louisan’s,” Jones said. “The status quo is broken and it's time to shake things up.”