The U.S. government sent an initial round of stimulus checks of up to $1200 per person. At this time it is unknown whether a second round of stimulus checks will be approved.
The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. The CARES Act also enables states to extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. Contact your state’s unemployment insurance office at their website to learn more about the availability of these benefits.
Credit cards often have assistance programs for crisis situations. Call the number on your credit card to see if fees or payments might be waived or suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.
Utilities like water, heat, electricity, and internet are considered essential services and will remain operational during the crisis. Contact your utilities company if you need assistance or are delayed in paying your bills.