This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

 (WJW) — A petition urging Congress for $2,000 in monthly stimulus checks is getting close to 2.7 million signatures, nearing its goal of 3 million.

Restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin started the online petition more than a year ago. Bonin, who owns the restaurant in Denver with her husband, calls for targeted stimulus money.

“Our country is still deeply struggling. The recovery hasn’t reached many Americans – the true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20 percent and many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent and child care. These are all reasons that checks need to be targeted to people who are still struggling and that Congress needs to learn from this past year,” she wrote in the latest update.

“It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Moving forward Congress needs to make recurring checks automatic if certain triggers are met. No more waiting around for our government to send the help we need. Sign to join our movement to get recurring checks to the people,” Bonin wrote.

The petition, which can be found right here, was at about 2.69 million as we near the end of July.

In the meantime,  beginning last week, many American families began receiving child tax credit payments either directly in their bank accounts or in the mail.