Financial Resources

It can get complicated sifting through the sea of information out there. The news, Twitter, and your mother are all telling you different things.

Our goal is to make it super simple to understand and access the best resources related to money and government benefits.

The Stimulus Check

I’ve heard the government is giving people money — how does that work?

The federal government passed emergency legislation known as the CARES Act to address public health and economic issues. Part of this act involves giving people direct payments.

How much will I get?

You’ll probably get $1,200 if you make less than $75,000. It’s a bit more complicated than that, and check out this website to understand it.

How do I get it?

If the IRS has your bank information from tax returns, they can direct deposit it. If they don’t, you’ll probably get it by mail.

When do I get it?

They’re aiming to get them out in 2-3 weeks, but some say that’s unlikely. We’re not sure, but we’ll keep you updated.

Unemployment Benefits

What should I know if I lost my job?

First, that you can apply for unemployment insurance. You’ll get cash benefits if you lost your job at no fault of your own. The recent CARES act that the government passed actually gives extra benefits through unemployment insurance because of coronavirus.

How do I get it?

Each state has different rules. Go to this website to find what unemployment benefits your state offers.

Food

What should I do if I need help getting food?

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — it helps you get nutritious food. It was previously known as “food stamps.”

How do I get it?

It depends on the state. Check out this website to find your local SNAP affiliate.

Women and Children

Is there any special support for women and children?

Yes! The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a program to help certain women and children get healthy food and other supportive services. You and your family could get supplemental foods, nutrition counseling, and referrals to other helpful services.

How do I access WIC?

You’ll need to find and contact your local WIC program. Check out this website to do that.

Healthcare

I lost my job, what should I do about healthcare?

Check out COBRA Continuation Coverage. It allows certain eligible individuals continue the healthcare coverage from their previous job at a 65% discount on the premium.

Where should I go if I’m worried about my healthcare coverage during this time?

It’s a complicated topic and for now we’d suggest you check out this resource.