The Federal Reserve is expected to announce that it will issue $3 trillion in emergency cash to the states of Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon, on the heels of the massive wildfire season.
The money will come in the form of a new program called the Supplemental Cash Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The move comes as a response to a severe wildfire season in California, Oregon and Washington.
The Supplemental Cash Aid Program was set up after the Great Recession and provides cash assistance to low-income families who lost their homes and lost their jobs during the downturn.
The money is used to buy food, rent or other necessities, but there is no need for recipients to prove their income, and it doesn’t require them to prove they are employed.
In a news release, the Fed said that, “The Supplemental Food Program is an essential lifeline to the most vulnerable families and individuals in our communities.
SNAP will provide assistance to eligible households who otherwise would not be able to receive the cash assistance due to their circumstances.
The program is intended to help the most severely affected households survive on food assistance and provide assistance for their immediate needs.”
The move comes after several years of a lack of cash assistance.
Federal officials say the Supplemental Food Assistance Program is designed to give low-wage workers and people with disabilities the resources they need to survive and stay warm in the winter.
The Supplemental Cash Cash Assistance program will be used to help families in those areas with severe winter weather.
The announcement comes as the US prepares to enter the second week of its second-straight record-setting wildfire season, which is expected with the start of spring.
A record-breaking fire in California was sparked by a massive blaze that burned more than 5,000 acres (2,100 hectares) in Sonoma County.
The wildfire has already destroyed more than 20 homes and forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate.