Stimulus update: Applicants for $500 direct payment in Texas to be alerted by today

Harris County, Texas, officials will have alerted which low-income applicants have been chosen for its pilot basic income program by Monday.

The Uplift Harris program received roughly 83,000 applicants, officials announced earlier this month, and the county would notify all those selected to participate in the pilot program through Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

To be eligible for the pilot program, residents must be 200% below the federal poverty line and live in one of Harris County’s “high-poverty ZIP codes” or be in the county’s Accessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self Sufficiency, according to the county.

The program will supply 1,928 recipients with $500 payments for 18 months, beginning with the first payment going out in April.

“Reducing poverty and helping families who are struggling to meet basic needs should not be a political debate,” Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a statement last week, per
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