Cash assistance for 18K households on Guam unveiled

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is joined by GEDA deputy administrator Ricky Hernandez and Budget Director Lester Carlson at Tuesday's press conference.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Tuesday unveiled her administration’s $20-million disaster aid program that will provide direct cash relief to about 55,000 individuals who fall below the federal poverty level, and a separate $20 million assistance program for local businesses affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prugråman Salåppe’ Ayudon I Taotao is the administration’s first publicly announced expenditure item under the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds or CARES Act.

“Under this program, individuals applying, depending on their household size, making equal to or below 165 of the federal poverty level, are 18 years or older, and have been residents of Guam for at least six months, will be paid $300 per eligible person not to exceed $1,200 per household,” the governor said at her press conference on Tuesday.

“As an example, for a household of one, 165 percent of the federal poverty level is $1,718 a month. This adjusts with every additional individual, adult or child, in the household. This means for a household of four and above, they will receive up to $1,200.”