More than 500 applications for Ayuda program; checks may be sent this week

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Last month, the governor signed off on a program to help families who were left out of the CARES Act.

And it looks like their wait for financial relief may soon be ending.

Rev and Tax Director Dafne Shimizu says they’ve received more than 500 applications for the Ayuda I Mangafa program.

She says she hopes to send out payments this week.

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The program aims to pay $500 to families who did not qualify for Economic Impact Payments.

The EIP was the $1200 one-time payment from earlier this year.

It targets families with young adults, students, and disabled members who are older than 16 and are claimed as dependents.

Shimizu says people can still apply but they have to move fast because time is running out.

“The deadline to submit the application is November 12. I really highly encourage everybody to make sure that they file an application with us if they are qualified. This is, again, an opportunity for those individuals who were not able to qualify for the EIP due to their dependent not falling within the qualifications of the EIP. So this is an opportunity for them to be made whole for that,” Shimizu said.

Shimizu is encouraging people to apply online to reduce the time needed to process the application.

You can find more information and apply on the Department of Rev and Tax website.