Financial assistance for food, housing and paying bills

During the coronavirus pandemic, you may qualify for extra help with food, housing, and paying bills. Learn about mortgage relief and rental assistance.

Economic stimulus checks for COVID-19 for individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued three Economic Impact Payments during the coronavirus pandemic to people who were eligible :

  • $1,200 in April 2020,
  • $600 in December 2020 / January 2021,
  • $1,400 in March 2021.

These payments were sent by direct deposit to a bank account or by mail as a paper check or debit card.

What to do if you did not receive previous stimulus checks

Follow IRS instructions on how to claim these payments if you were eligible for them but did not receive them, or if the amount you received was incorrect.

COVID-19 help to pay rent

The Government's moratorium or extension to prevent evictions due to COVID-19 has ended. Landlords can now evict tenants who are unable to pay rent during the pandemic. As a renter or landlord, government programs can help with rent money and advice for your situation.

Changes to SNAP and other food programs due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be easier for you and your family to get food stamps and participate in government meal programs. Contact your local state social services office to find out if you're eligible.

During the pandemic:

  • Food stamp (SNAP) recipients may receive supplemental funds.
  • Parents can pick up school meals for their children to eat at home.
  • People can sign up for food programs remotely instead of applying in person. This is for programs for pregnant women, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.