Public Benefits

Am I eligible for a Federal Economic Impact Payment if I receive SSI or SSDI and do not have other income?

You do not have to be earning income as an employee of a company or from any other source in addition to your Social Security payment. However, if you are listed as a dependent on someone else’s federal tax return you may not be eligible.

Lean more about the Economic Impact payment to see if you qualify.

Where can I go to find programs to help me lead a more financially independent life?

Visit benefits.gov for information on disability assistance programs.

Where can I get benefits guidance regarding COVID-19 and HUD, Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, SNAP and unemployment insurance?

Cornell University’s Institute on Employment and Disability has released guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on public benefits.

Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on benefit programs.

What resources are available to assist me with my utility bills?

LIHEAP ( Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households pay their home heating and cooling bills. LIHEAP agencies across the country are working to address COVID-19 and are providing resources. Customers can use these resources to stay informed about program changes in their area and not miss opportunities for assistance.

If you receive LIHEAP assistance or need assistance with utilities visit the link below to see if you are eligible for LIHEAP assistance. Click on the  LIHEAP Clearinghouse State Snapshots web page to check with your local agency to learn what changes may be occurring in your area.

Does my state allow for the online purchase of food for delivery using my SNAP benefits as payment?

Recently, some states have begun to allow authorized retailers to accept SNAP for online purchases for delivery. Only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits; delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. A SNAP beneficiary needs to pay delivery fees from another source such as savings or with an ABLE savings account debit card.

Learn more and find out if your state allows you to purchase food online for delivery with SNAP.

How can I find information on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in my state?

Learn more about whether TANF is available in your state, which qualifications make you eligible for assistance and how to apply.

Are there any programs for non-citizens or refugees who do not qualify for TANF, SSI or Medicaid, but who meet income and resource standards to receive assistance?

Find assistance for eligible non-U.S. citizens.

Can an SSI recipient refuse to apply for unemployment compensation or other benefits if they might be eligible because they think they will lose their SSI and have to reapply once the payments stop?

Contact your SSA office to restart SSI when unemployment compensation stops.

How do I reach the Social Security Administration?
Are you waiting for a hearing with the Social Security Administration?

Learn more about SSA telephone and video hearings.

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What should I do if I'm having trouble paying my mortgage?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have partnered to launch a new mortgage and housing assistance website to help homeowners and renters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, banks are required to offer flexibility to borrowers who are having trouble paying their mortgage as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. NDI has created a document that offers action steps to help you negotiate with your home mortgage lender.

Contact your home mortgage lender.

Can my landlord evict me if I can't pay my rent?

There is currently no federal policy protecting renters, however many states have either issued eviction freezes or have halted eviction hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out the rules in your state or locality.

Can the energy company disconnect my power if I can't pay my bill?

Many utilities that sell electricity and gas around the United States are suspending disconnections of customers who do not pay their bills during the Coronavirus crisis, or are being ordered to suspend disconnections by regulators or other government officials. But this varies by state and locality.

Learn what’s happening in your area.

What should I do if I have experienced housing discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Federal fair housing laws protect people from discrimination, including harassment and intimidation, in housing and related services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability. Laws prohibit discrimination in nearly all housing transactions and residential settings across the nation, including rental housing, nursing homes, permanent shelters and other places where people live and receive services together.

If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination, this document linked below provides information about your rights during the COVID-19 pandemic and explains how to file a complaint.

Will the stimulus payment, or the extra unemployment payment of $600 per week, change my HUD assistance?

Explore HUD guidance for renters and homeowners.

How can I find free food assistance near where I live?

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization and provides a tool to help locate a food bank in your area. Enter your zip code in the box and the site will show you the location, opening times and contact information for food banks near you.

Before visiting your food bank location, contact the food pantry by phone and/or email to verify that their information is correct and receive any updates.

How do I see if free or reduced-priced meals are available for my child?

With schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, children who rely on free or reduced-priced meals at school may be able to continue to get meals that they would have normally received at school. USDA has put together a USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder.  Families can use this tool to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information. Rules vary by location but generally meals may be taken home, and parents or guardians may pick meals for their children if the state allows.

Check out the link below to find meals for kids. USDA also provide a National Hunger Hotline and can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) [Spanish].

What is covered under Medicaid related to COVID-19?

Medicaid and CHIP provide benefits to people who are determined eligible by states. Some benefits are required and some are optional. For information on benefits offered in your state, where to access services and how to apply for coverage in your state, see Medicaid.gov.

Take Action: If you receive Medicaid or CHIP review the fact sheet and and contact your state’s Medicaid program for additional details.

I bought my health insurance through the Marketplace. What will it cover? How do I get coverage?

All Marketplace plans cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions and can’t terminate coverage due to a change in health status, including diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19. While your coverage benefits will remain the same, you should log in to update your Marketplace application if COVID-19 impacts your income or household. You may be able to change your plan if certain situations apply.

If you do not have medical insurance sign up for a plan now. This resource below links to your state program.

How can I get medical care while maintaining social distancing?

Learn more about telehealth services as an option to maintain medical care while social distancing.

Are there any resources available to provide free counseling and emotional support?

Yes. The American Red Cross has a free hotline that provides communities and responders with counseling or support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “talkwithus” to 66746.

Counseling or support is available 24/7.

As a result of the pandemic, I feel stressed and need tips or actions I can take to help me to feel better and more in control emotionally. Can you help?

You are not alone in finding these times stressful. Getting our lives back into a comfortable routine takes time. Review how you may be feeling and which actions on the checklist you can do now to feel more in control. If you cannot do it alone, there are resources to help you!

Each positive action you take can help you feel better and more in control.

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