Nearly 59,000 families in Florida will soon receive a one-time $450 check to offset inflation courtesy of Governor Ron DeSantis.
The $450 checks, which went into distribution this month, are part of a plan to offset the burden of inflation through a program called “Hope Florida — A Pathway to Prosperity” launched in March of this year.
The program, spearheaded by First Lady DeSantis and operated by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), utilizes Care Navigators to assist Floridians in need by identifying goals and removing barriers to economic self-sufficiency through local, community-based partners, including the private sector, faith-based institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
“To offset the costs of rising inflation, especially with a new school year approaching, the State of Florida is giving you $450 for each child in your care,” reads a portion of the letter sent to families from Governor DeSantis.
On Tuesday, DeSantis’ Press Secretary Christina Pushaw tweeted, “Florida families: These letters are real. These one-time payments of $450 per child are part of @GovRonDeSantis new budget. Please see the press release from First Lady @CaseyDeSantis roundtable on Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity last week!”
In April, DeSantis signed off on $1,000 checks for Florida’s first responder community as a token of appreciation amid the pandemic.
“Inflation is caused by the federal govt printing money and deficit spending, which has happened at a record pace since covid,” Pushaw wrote on Twitter. “Unlike our indebted federal govt, the State of Florida has a budget surplus due to good management by@GovRonDeSantis. That money belongs to Floridians.”
Families must fall into one of the eligible categories at the time enrolled populations were captured for this payment on July 1, 2022. Eligible recipients of the checks include:
- Foster Parents
- Relative Caregivers
- Non-relative Caregivers
- Families receiving TANF cash assistance
- Guardianship Assistance Program participants
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Officials said that families do not need to apply for the $450 payment and that checks have been mailed directly to the recipients and should arrive within the next seven days.
DeSantis reminded Florida’s of the ongoing “Back-to-School” sales-tax holiday. School supplies including clothes and computers remain tax-free through August 7.
DeSantis and lawmakers also approved a plan to eliminate the state’s 26.5 cents per gallon gas tax in October.