Stimulus Checks: 11 States & Cities Giving Pre-Christmas Payments

by Amy Myers

Christmas comes early for residents in 11 states and cities across the country, as millions will or already have received their stimulus checks before the end of the week.

There are two types of payments that these residents could see – a single stimulus check or a set of recurring payments, depending on the state’s programs and requirements.

Take a look to see if your area could qualify for these payments.

California Residents Eligible for Stimulus Checks

California launched the Golden State Stimulus II, which will distribute checks to nine million residents by the end of the year, according to the state’s official website. The most recent set distributed on Monday gave 794,000 paper checks worth more than $568 million, according to The U.S. Sun. The checks will continue through the end of the year.

Santa Ana residents will also see an additional payment on top of the state stimulus. The “Revive Santa Ana Stimulus Program” will give a total of $6 million to neighborhoods that are struggling financially within the city. Starting December 4, the city distributed prepaid Visa debit cards with $300 to 20,000 Santa Ana “rental unit” residents.

“So far about 2,700 have been distributed and we plan to give out up to the full 20,000 cards either in person or notifying qualified residents by mail to pick them up,” a Santa Ana official told the publication at the start of the program.

Florida Teachers to Receive Payments, All Maine Residents

Meanwhile, Florida has designated its stimulus payments to first responder pre-k through grade 12 teachers. These teachers will receive a one-time payment of $1,000.

Governor Ron DeSantis hopes that the checks will help roughly 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals.

In Maine, more than a half-million residents began receiving payments on November 15. The state distributed payments of $285 to single tax-payers that make less than $75,000 a year and couples who make $150,000 or less.

Residents will continue to receive these checks through the end of the year.

Maryland and Minnesota Qualifications

On the East Coast, Maryland has created a state program in which qualifying families will receive $500 while individuals will see $300. These residents must have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their 2019 tax returns.

Minnesota is instead issuing tax returns to its citizens as well as tax breaks. Already, the state has distributed tax refunds worth an average of $584 to 540,000 taxpayers and over 442,000.

Other Cities Receiving Payments

Cities across the country have created their own programs for communities in need. These areas consist of low-income households. Many of these cities will be giving recurring payments at least through the end of the year.

These cities include:

  • Seattle, Wa.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.