The US is providing a $1.6 billion weatherization assistance package to Venezuela, but only to the first 50 families that the government has designated as eligible, according to a report from the Center for Public Integrity.
That’s a stark contrast to previous administrations that have given grants to millions of families, including the largest of them, the poorest of the poor.
The program, known as the Naca Program, was announced by President Donald Trump in September, though it has only been in effect for a few months.
Trump, a Republican, campaigned on a platform of economic and foreign policy reform and is also known for his call to end the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that is the most controversial among the presidents.
The president has not yet formally signed the deal.
Under the NCA program, US government and international aid officials will distribute $250 million over the next two years to assist 50,000 families who have been designated as “eligible” by the Venezuelan government.
The first batch of families will receive $1,000 each, with the remaining $1 million going to 10 families each.
The National Disaster Assistance Program (NDAP), a separate $1 billion program that supports hurricane relief efforts, will also receive $500 million over three years.
The US program was announced in October, but it is not yet operational.
NDAP has been under construction since late October, when a storm ravaged parts of Venezuela.
The program is expected to be operational by January 2019.
Under NDAP, eligible families will be allowed to apply for a waiver to take advantage of certain programs, including food stamps, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The NDAP waiver program, which was created by Congress, was designed to help families in extreme poverty with the cost of essential needs, but is not expected to help many of the more than 500,000 Venezuelans living below the poverty line.
The NDAP program has been criticized by human rights groups and opposition politicians who say the government is giving preferential treatment to families that have already benefited from the NDAP.
The $1bn NDAP grant is meant to help the first 25 families designated by the government.
Those families will also get $1 per month for 30 days.
After 30 days, the grants will be scaled down to $750 per month.
The NCA Program was also created by the NDAPS.
Under the NDCA program , eligible families are not eligible for the NDIA program, but are instead eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which provides up to $6,000 a month.
It is designed to cover a family’s basic needs, such as food and shelter.
The remaining $5.2 billion NDCA grant, however, is intended to help households with limited means.
It will provide $1 a month to those with incomes of $15,000 or less, $1 to those who make up to 80 percent of the poverty level and $3 per month to households with incomes above 80 percent.
In total, the ND CA program is set to receive $6.7 billion in support over the course of the fiscal year.
The rest of the $1 trillion NDCA fund will be used for the relief of the country’s food, water, sanitation, healthcare and other needs.