• Thousands of Florida families will receive one-time checks for $450 per child starting this week. 
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he set aside $35.5 million of COVID-19 relief funds to send out the checks. 
  • The stimulus is aimed at offsetting the costs of inflation, according to state officials. 

Thousands of low-income Florida families are expected to receive relief checks to help offset inflation costs.

Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration on Thursday announced he's re-allocating some COVID-19 relief funds and sending $450 per child directly to struggling families in the state.

"This one-time payment assists families who are being affected by rising inflation and preparing to send their children back-to-school," Laura Walthall, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Children and Families, said in a statement to Insider. 

The governor has set aside $35.5 million from the state's $1 billion American Rescue Plan Act to send out the checks, according to an announcement from Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis. 

In order to be eligible, families must qualify for the Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) — meaning they must be unemployed or underemployed, have a child or are pregnant, and have "low or very low income," according to state officials.

Florida's Department of Children and Families said they expect around 59,000 families to receive the check, and, like other COVID-19 relief funds, there's no application. 


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