Governor Gavin Newsom announced a budget proposal to help low-income Californians, including undocumented Californians, through cash payments and is calling for the extension of the state eviction moratorium.
The Golden State Stimulus provides $600 rapid cash support, which will go to recipients of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit in 2019, as well as those filing with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) this year who meet the eligibility criteria.
“Through the Golden State Stimulus, Californians who have been impacted by this pandemic will get help to provide for their families and keep a roof over their heads,” said Newsom. “This plan will provide relief for Californians in need by distributing $600 rapid cash support — for some, at least $1,200 when coupled with federal relief — and extend the eviction moratorium.”
The support will help roughly 4 million low-income Californians who could also received at least $1,200 of direct relief, according to a news release.
Undocumented Californians who do not have an ITIN number can apply for one by completing an IRS Form W-7. This document requires information regarding foreign status. For more information, head to IRS.gov, where you will also find the W-7 form.
The Governor is also calling for immediate action to protect Californians from eviction by extending eviction protections enacted by AB 3088. The Governor is proposing the state deploy all $2.6 billion in federal renter relief as early action, said a news release. Under this proposal, California renters who are experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic and pay at least 25 percent of their monthly rent cannot be eviction for unpaid rent.