Los Angeles Offering Cash Cards for Laid-Off Angelenos, with No Strings Attached

The Mayor’s Fund for the City of Los Angeles has launched a program that literally hands people cash, no strings attached as long as they can prove that they have lost their jobs during the pandemic. In order to make the process as quick and seamless as possible, they issued debit cards instead of checks (making it more accessible to those without bank accounts), making the cards fee-free, and by making the process to apply as simple as 2 phone calls. They also had $1 million in grocery store gift cards, but the supply was exhausted in a few days.

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