As part of the White House’s Child Tax Credit Awareness Day of Action, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) recently convened local elected officials, working families, child care providers and city leaders to announce expanded, monthly child tax credit payments approved in the American Rescue Plan.
The payments, which start on July 15, will provide a guaranteed monthly income for parents nationwide. Angelenos can expect $250 per month for each child ages 6-17 and $300 per month for each child ages 0-5, for a total of $3,000 and $3,600, respectively.
Joining Gomez for the announcement was Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner; Mario Valenzuela, vice president of equity and inclusion at the Los Angeles YMCA; Ana Grande, associate executive director of the Bresee Foundation; Elba Serrano Schildcrout, director of community wealth and services for the East L.A. Community Corporation; Martin Castro, president and CEO of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation; and Pathways L.A. CEO Tamika Farr.
“The past year was hard on all of us, but especially so for children and their working-class families,” Gomez said. “While we’re hopeful we’ve moved past the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of my low-income constituents continue to struggle to pay the bills and keep a roof over their head. But come July 15, millions of American families are going to get more help with payments through the enhanced child tax credit.”
“We know first-hand the struggles working families face and schools have done more during this crisis than any other organization to help those most in need,” Beutner added. “We provided 140 million meals along with 40 million items of much-needed supplies to children and adults, computers and internet access to 500,000 students and their families, 2 million COVID tests to students, school staff and their families and access to vaccinations for 86,000 school staff members, 300,000 students and thousands of community members. Now, we want to help the half-million families we serve receive the Child Tax Credit which can provide them with up to $3,600 per child to help them make ends meet.”
Families can expect their Child Tax Credit benefit to be direct-deposited into their bank accounts beginning on July 15.
For information, visit gomez.house.gov/constituent-services/child-tax-credit.htm.
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