CHICAGO is set to issue 50,000 gas cards worth $150 each via a lottery to residents, it was announced on Thursday.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed she plans to also send $50 in public transport vouchers to help with rising fuel costs.
Her office said in a statement that Chicago Moves “will be comprised of $7.5 million earmarked for $150 physical prepaid cards eligible for redemption at local Chicago gas stations.”
It will also include “$5 million earmarked for $50 prepaid cards eligible for use on public transit,” they added.
The cost of gas has reached record highs across America. Chicago broke city records with $4.868 for a gallon of gas on Monday.
Lightfoot said: “As inflation steadily rises and the cost of gas continues to soar, our disadvantaged residents are carrying a significant financial burden.
“Chicago Moves endeavors to provide much needed relief and ease some of this pain.
“By subsidizing the cost of gas and transit, this program will enable participants to save their resources for other critical expenses.”
Applications for the scheme are scheduled to open on April 27.
The cards will be sent out in five monthly payments to 10,000 residents each time.
Lightfoot’s office added: “In addition to the physical prepaid cards, the City will also distribute or add value to 100,000 cards for use on public transit in the amount of $50 each.”
To be eligible for the gas gift you need to be 18-years-old or over, live in Chicago, have the relevant city documentation and fall into the correct income bracket.
Chicago follows California in looking into ways drivers can be helped with soaring costs.
The Sun reported last month how millions of struggling Californians could get $400 debit cards and three months of free public transport.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed an $11billion package in a bid to help.
On March 18, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill to cease the gas tax through the end of May this year.
Lawmakers in Maryland also passed a halt on gas tax for 30 days, ending on April 16.
Governor Larry Hogan has since called for a longer halt.
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer also suggested a temporary gas tax suspension.
She said: “We can start by pausing the sales tax on fuel. A short-term pause is a fiscally-responsible action we can take that will provide drivers relief at the pump right now — not next year — while also protecting funding for road repairs and save tens of thousands of good-paying construction jobs.”
And we revealed how Minnesota governor Tim Walz could introduce $500 direct payments, which would soften the blow Americans are feeling at the pump.
Walz said: “I think this money in the hands of folks before summer would make a good difference.”
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