NC gives $335 to parents during COVID-19 — but poorest families miss out, new lawsuit says

November 2, 2020

According to a new lawsuit, an estimated 200,000 low-income households have been unfairly excluded by North Carolina due to a “discriminatory, irrational and unconstitutional process” for dispersing the COVID-19 relief money.

Under program guidelines, the checks automatically will be sent to more than 1 million of the state’s middle- and upper-income families, with household incomes as high as half a million dollars annually. The state hopes to disperse some $440 million by Dec. 15.

But low-income families — annual incomes of between $10,000 and $20,000 — who did not file a 2019 state tax return had to apply by Oct. 15 to receive a check.

According to the lawsuit, only 1 in 14 low-income households in North Carolina are now in line to receive a check.

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