What government programs are available to help me financially with general expenses during the pandemic?

Published: 05 June, 2020

From The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Marc Narducci

Here’s a list of some government programs that can help you financially with general expenses if you’ve been affected by the pandemic.

General help

Stimulus checks

The CARES Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 (or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old, or up to $3,400 for a family of four.

Finding status of your stimulus check

If you filed your 2018 or 2019 tax return and it has been processed, you can check Get My Payment for the status of your economic impact payment. Here is the link: irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF is a federally funded, state-run benefits program, also known as welfare. Apply at your local or county social services agency:

The Pennsylvania information is here.

Read the full article: Federal, state and city programs that can help you if you’ve been affected by the pandemic

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