PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth is offering direct-pay gift cards to eligible households in the city.

The one-time $500 direct payment, made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act, will be given to households that meet the criteria for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE) which are not typically eligible to receive assistance.

The gift cards will be distributed from June 1 until August 1, or until funds are exhausted, at the Portsmouth Department of Social Services, 1701 High Street, Suite 101. The program will not be open on June 20 and July 4 which are observed holidays.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A Portsmouth resident
  • 18 years old or older
  • The household must meet the size and income levels below:
Family SizeAnnual Minimum IncomeAnnual Maximum Income
1$25,536$34,487
2$34,488$43,450
3$43,452$50,639
4+$52,416$55,057

To apply:

  • Go to the Portsmouth Department of Social Services, 1701 High Street, Suite 101, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from June 1 through August 1
  • Submit an application with an ID
  • Provide a 2020 IRS Tax return or IRS transcript for proof of the gross earned income; Official documents from income source for other income
  • Provide verification of residency

One application is permitted per household and gift cards will not be issued the same day that applications are submitted. For more information on the program, call (757) 393-8815.