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Disaster Financial Assistance with Food, Housing, and Bills

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for additional help with food and bills. Learn about mortgage and rental relief.

COVID-19 Stimulus Checks for Individuals

The IRS issued three Economic Impact Payments during the coronavirus pandemic for 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 a debit card.

Check On Your Stimulus Payment

Check the Get My Payment page from the IRS to find out if you qualified and when you should have received your payment. 

What to Do If You Didn’t Receive This or Earlier Stimulus Checks

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

COVID-19 Rental Assistance

The government COVID-19 eviction moratorium has ended. Landlords now have the ability to evict renters who are not able to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a renter or as a landlord, government programs can help you with rent money and advice for your situation.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Renters and Landlords

Renters and landlords, use the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) database from the Treasury Department to find rental assistance from state, local, territorial, and tribal programs.

Get Advice for Renters from a Housing Counselor

Learn How to Avoid Eviction as a Renter

Learn how to avoid eviction and how to make a payment plan with your landlord.

Find Emergency Housing

If you are going to be evicted and need emergency housing, call 211 for local housing help or search using HUD's Find Shelter tool.

Recover Back Rent as a Landlord

Learn how to recover back rent and find out about mortgage forbearance for your property if you are a landlord.

Food Stamps and Meal Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be easier for you and your family to get food stamps and take part in meal programs. Contact your state's social services agency to see if you're eligible.

During the pandemic:

  • Food stamp (SNAP) recipients may receive additional funding. More people may be eligible to receive SNAP during the pandemic than normally.

  • Parents whose kids' schools are closed can pick up school meals for their kids to eat at home.

  • People can enroll in food programs remotely rather than in person. This applies to programs for pregnant women, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Read about these and other government meal program changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Last Updated: October 29, 2021

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