Breitbart News is reporting that the Trump administration is considering a plan for a $100,000 annual stipend to the families of Americans who don’t live in a federally subsidized area.
According to a memo written by Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Services Jessica Vazquez, “In order to support families who cannot meet their essential needs due to a non-essential health condition, the Administration will consider a stipend of $100 per month to each family member.”
This is the first time the government has considered such a proposal and would be in stark contrast to what the Trump White House has been proposing.
Last year, the White House proposed a $200,000 stipend for every family who doesn’t live within a federally-funded area, though that proposal was later dropped due to lack of funding.
On Monday, the Trump Administration announced that it will begin providing funding to the low-income families with a need in 2019.
According to the memo, the stipend would provide the family with a minimum of $40,000, and then additional funds could be available for the family to spend on other necessities.
According the memo:If an individual family member cannot meet a nonessential health care needs because of a health condition they do not have, the individual may qualify for a payment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in the care of their family member.
The FEMA stipend can be used for medical care, housing, and other necessary expenses.
In the memo obtained by Breitbart News, Vazcik wrote:”The stipend provides the recipient family with an amount equivalent to the cost of a $1,500, three-day supply of nonessential medical care and a one-day non-emergency supply of housing.
It is not clear how the stipends amount would be used to provide for additional expenses.
It could also be used toward other non-necessities such as child care, food, and transportation.”
In addition, the memo states that the stipender would provide a family with financial assistance to buy groceries, and that the administration would use a portion of the stipis to help families with food insecurity.
“The $100 stipend could also supplement assistance provided by other Federal and State programs such as SNAP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC), and other federal grants and programs,” the memo reads.
The memo also states that there are currently only six FECA grants available for families.
According the memo the federal government is in the process of expanding the program.
“We are in the early stages of developing a new FECA grant program,” Vazucik wrote.
“If approved, we would expand the program to include FECA Grant funds and will work to ensure that it is not limited to a small number of families.
We look forward to working with our colleagues at FEMA to develop an efficient and cost-effective grant program for the families.”