• July 7, 2020

COVID-19 Aid/Relief

Updated 6/1/2020

If I need help, how do I find resources in my community?

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Many local community resources are available to people who need help, including shelter, food, financial assistance and healthcare. If you need help and are not sure what is available in your local area, the following free resources may be able to help:

211.org – Enter your zip code or city and state on the 211.org website to search for your local 211. The results will include the website for your local 211 and the number you can call to speak to a Resource Specialist, 24/7, 365 days a year. Resources may vary depending on the location, but may include:

  • Food and nutrition programs
  • Emergency and disaster relief
  • Shelter, housing and utility assistance
  • Employment and educational opportunities
  • Services for veterans
  • Healthcare
  • Family services
  • Government and tribal services
  • Disability services
  • Help for physical and/or emotional abuse
  • Support groups
  • Addiction and rehabilitation

Aunt Bertha – Enter your zip code at auntbertha.com to search for services in your area. The results will include a list of free or reduced cost services that are available in your zip code.  Click on a category or type a keyword in the search bar to narrow your search. Resources may vary depending on your location, but may include:

  • Food and nutrition programs
  • Shelter, housing and utility assistance
  • Consumer goods and medical supplies
  • Local transit information
  • Healthcare
  • Financial assistance
  • Caregiving and support services
  • Government benefits
  • Education and employment information
  • Advocacy and legal aid

My regular child care is no longer available, where can I find emergency child care in my community?

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ChildCare Aware allows you to search by state for childcare providers, social services, financial assistance and additional resources. You may also visit the State-by-State COVID-19 and Unemployment Information page for links directly to your state’s emergency childcare resources including any available childcare financial assistance programs.

Can I access my 401(k) funds if I need financial help because of COVID-19?

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Part of the CARES Act provides financial help to 401(k) plan participants. For those impacted by COVID-19, additional options are available for retirement plan loans and withdrawals/distributions. Please review the CARES Act Participant Flyer for more information on eligibility for COVID-19 related loans and/or withdrawals. Please review the CARES Act section of this page for more information.

When will I receive my stimulus check?

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The Government began making payments the second weekend of April. The IRS tracking tool called “Get My Payment” is now live for you to track your payment.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure you are on official websites! There are many scammers out there trying to acquire your social security number.

How Much?

  • Generally – $1,200 per person plus $500 per child under the age of 17 at the end of 2019.
  • The actual amount depends on your adjusted gross income (AGI) as indicated on your 2019 tax return (2018 if you have not yet filed your 2019 tax return).

Single

  • Single individuals with $75,000 or less in AGI will receive $1,200.
  • The amount phases out with an AGI above $75,000 and is zero with an AGI of $99,000 or more.
  • For every $100 of AGI above $75,000 the $1,200 is reduced by $5.

Married

  • Married couples with $150,000 or less in AGI will receive $2,400.
  • The amount phases out with an AGI above $150,000 and is zero with an AGI of $198,000 or more.
  • For every $100 of AGI above $150,000 the $2,400 is reduced by $5.

If your AGI is too high in 2018/2019 but falls within the above parameters in 2020, there is a credit available when you file your 2020 return in 2021.

According to the IRS, it could take 20 weeks (or more) to make all the payments.

For more information you can go to irs.gov and look under Economic Impact Payments.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are on official websites! There are many scammers out there trying to acquire your social security number.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and provides emergency relief for COVID-19. This relief includes cash payments to most individuals, temporary student loan relief, assistance for renters and homeowners, and early access to retirement funds.

For detailed information about the types of aid available through the CARES Act, please review Facts about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


Locating Assistance

Many resources are available to Americans who are impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. For information on where to find local resources for food pantries, rental or utility assistance, emergency shelter, or emergency child or elder care, please review FAQ: Locating Assistance During the COVID-19 Crisis.


Consumer Issues

The COVID-19 health crisis is affecting many areas of everyday life. Do you have a pending court case? Are you having trouble paying your bills? Do you have upcoming travel plans? For information on these topics and more, please review COVID-19 Consumer Issues.


Financial Issues

Many people are facing financial issues directly related to the COVID-19 health crisis. If you or someone in your family has suffered a job loss and is having issues paying their mortgage or other creditors, please review Financial Connect FAQ for more information on what options may be available.

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