LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Low-income residents of Los Angeles and those with incomes negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will soon have another opportunity for financial relief through the city’s Angeleno Fund.

Starting Tuesday, those who meet the requirements can begin applying for the Angeleno Card program, which will provide debit cards with $700-$1,500 for residents with incomes below the poverty line prior to the Safer at Home orders and those who have fallen into “deeper” hardship” due to reduced work hours or have had their incomes cut by at least 50%.

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People can apply for the debit cards online or by calling 213-252-3040 starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Applications will only be accepted from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said people who are already beneficiaries of federal and state assistance can still qualify as long as they meet the program’s income requirements. He also said cards would be available to people regardless of their citizenship status.

“We are all Angelenos and I hope that our federal government will listen to that too,” Garcetti said. “Those who are cleaning our hospitals, those who are picking our food, those who are working in our warehouses, it doesn’t matter what their legal status is today. They are here as Angelenos and we will help them no matter what.”

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Those who apply and do not receive a card will be placed on a waiting list, Garcetti said.

The no-fee debit cards are being provided through the mayor’s Angeleno Fund in connection with the Accelerator for America, co-founded by Garcetti, in partnership with Mastercard.

Gift cards financed by the Angeleno Fund for those in need of groceries were made available last week and were gone within four days, Garcetti said.

Comments (23)
  1. Global-Hell SorosShjt says:

    That’s OUR money he’s giving away to illegals……aiding and abetting.

    1. adri says:

      And it is also their money. They work and contribute to this state. Cant believe that in these times people are so heartless. They also need to eat, and care for their families. Also, its not just illegals getting this money.

      1. agudecar says:

        Yes, thanks to them we have food on our tables.

  2. jgueone says:

    another bailout. that range of money earned should be raised. in LA if you make 35000 that is stil poverished

  3. hlopez says:

    hello the link or phone number are not working
    People can apply for the debit cards online or by calling 213-252-3040 starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Applications will only be accepted from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

  4. bruce says:

    Hey don’t worry about our money being given away. I called 10 times, no answer. The 11th time, I got a recording that you have to apply online. Tried that too 15 times, and the “server is down” “no connection” “Error” bul… I wanted to find the validity of this claim and I guess we found it! Go ahead, try it yourself.

  5. steven says:

    Stop giving illegals nexicans anything

    1. Esme says:

      not all Mexicans are illegals and for your information we are the ones that make this country. Because of our parents blood and sweat we make a difference. people like you disgust me.

  6. Ttimmons says:

    hispanics are a nuances! all of you suck the system dry! this is your main reason why you are here in the US, so you can get what you can for free..theres nothing free in your country, truth be told, garcetti is giving our hard earned money mainly to mexicans, this what this free debit card is mainly for. and us tax payers are sick and tired of footing the bill for a bunch of low lifed ppl that stand on corners , off frwys selling flowers and orange! you couldv stayed in your country to do that! this money is comming from tax payers, not all, but the majority of mexicans you see, are illegal..facts

    1. whitey says:

      you are a idiot

  7. Erin says:

    So much to respond to here. To start with, this program is funded by private donations, not by anyone’s tax dollars. It probably took me about 30 seconds of research to confirm this online. So there’s that.

    That said, I do love the comment calling Hispanics “nuances”. That’s certainly an original take, though I suspect the word you were grasping for was “nuisances”. Gee, I wonder why racists so often get labeled as ignorant.

    Finally, it is difficult to get through to apply. I had to keep refreshing the application page for nearly two hours this morning, but I was finally able to apply. I would encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible to just keep trying.

  8. rrff says:

    The comments here are disgusting. They are bigoted, racist and xenophobic. Mexican people are NOT to blame for anything going wrong in your life. Also, this isn’t a free handout of YOUR money to them. Even if they are illegal, they are still paying taxes. Get a clue.

    These people are hurting too and their families are suffering. Save these disgusting comments for the next Trump Klan meeting.

  9. Andre Molnar says:

    No wonder there is a constant flow so many lowlife illegals from south of the border. Come here to rip us off for free stuff. They all need to be sent back to their OWN country.

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