Right now, the possibility of more Economic Impact Payments going out in the future is unlikely. When Congress was putting together the Build Back Better Bill, many lawmakers discussed the possibility of including a fourth round of stimulus checks alongside the other infrastructure funds. However, the bill passed in the House, but this fourth round of Economic Impact Payments never made it to the Capitol floor and was never put into the new bill.
It’s important to note that some lawmakers are still coming up with a plan to push for a fourth round of stimulus checks that would add hundreds or thousands of dollars onto the $3,200 provided to qualifying individuals. With the discovery of two new variants of the virus – Delta and Omicron – the government is still looking for ways to help the American people through these tough times.
Whether you’re waiting on funds from missing stimulus checks or have received all of your stimulus money but are still struggling, you still have more options for receiving the financial assistance you need to keep yourself and your family afloat.
Consider looking into these helpful cash assistance programs funded by the federal government and managed by state agencies:
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): The TANF program is a state-run program that provides resources and programs to families who meet low-income requirements. Each state has its own application and requirements, including family composition and income standards.
And since the program is run by the state, you must apply for these programs through your state’s child welfare or economic development department.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The SNAP program, formerly referred to as “food stamps,” provides individuals and families with funds to help pay for healthy food. You can apply for SNAP at your local social services, human services, public assistance, or food stamps agency.
When you receive SNAP benefits, you can shop at many regular grocery stores and purchase basic food items, including produce, meats, dairy products, frozen goods and more.
Medicaid: This is a federal and state program that helps low-income families pay for health care costs. Those who may be eligible for Medicaid include low-income adults, children in low-income families, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Depending on your income and family composition, you may get all or most of your health care costs covered through Medicaid. Or some people use Medicaid to cover expenses leftover after their primary insurance pays out.
Section 8: The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides monthly rental assistance to low-income families and individuals so they can secure safe and suitable housing. What’s great about this program is that you get to choose where you live, as long as it meets the price and condition requirements of the Section 8 program.
Typically, your household income must be at or below 50% of your area’s median income to qualify for Section 8 housing. You can consult your local Public Housing Authority to better understand other requirements, apply for Section 8 or other housing assistance programs and manage your Section 8 housing voucher.