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'People need this': Thousands of Georgians await one-time cash assistance payment

A $350 payment will only go to those enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, or Peach care kids enrolled since July 31 of this year.

MACON, Ga. — More cash relief is on the way to some Georgians.

In August, Governor Brian Kemp allocated more than 1 billion dollars to department of human services and those $350 cash assistance payments began going out this week.  

"The water bill has gone up; your lights went up. People need this,” Leroy Banks said.

Banks is just one of thousands of Georgians who await a one-time cash payment. 

"The pandemic has left us with a headache called inflation and so now we need to know if y'all are going to help us with our inflation problem just a little, or a lot," he said. 

However, not every Georgian qualifies. A $350 payment will only go to those enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, or peach care kids enrolled since July 31 of this year. 

"I called that number and were just getting a recording, you know, an automated recording saying 'hey its coming' but when?" he asked. 

The website says funds were set to begin going out on Monday the 19th for those who listed an email as contact. 

It also says money will not be issued to their current benefit cards, instead, a virtual payment will be issued to those with an email contact. If you haven't listed an email address, you'll receive a new card, but Banks thinks it could be a little more convenient. 

"They shouldn't have to make it a hurdle for somebody to jump just to get the money. You know we got a card so when you swipe the card, it asks you food or cash," he said.

All Georgians who may be eligible should log in to their Georgia Gateway accounts to make sure information and contact preferences are up to date.

Those who have email and U.S. mail listed as contact will start receiving payments beginning next week.

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