On March 5, 2020 Congress first passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, funding an initial emergency response to coronavirus, including vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses. On March 18, 2020 Congress then passed the Families First Act, which made billions of additional dollars available to respond to this growing health and economic crisis. On March 27, 2020 Congress approved a third round of emergency funding, which included additional resources for families, workers, and small businesses. Additional COVID-19 relief was passed on December 27, 2020, allowing further federal funds to be accessed by Americans in need.
For more information about how to access this funding or what resources might be available to you during this crisis, please click on the relevant links below. As always, if you need specific help with a federal agency, please visit our casework page.
COVID-19 has placed tremendous strain on many Americans. Congress has approved direct payments to help lessen the blow. Learn more about how these funds will be distributed:
The vast majority of eligible taxpayers will automatically receive a stimulus payment through mail or direct deposit. However, if you have questions regarding the status of your payment or would like to update your direct deposit information with the IRS, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
If the website says “Status Not Available” for your payment, you may not be eligible for a payment or the IRS has not processed your information yet. The IRS will also mail a letter to a taxpayer’s most recent address on file 15 days after a payment has been sent. This will notify taxpayers how the payment was made and will allow them to report any mistakes directly to the IRS.
Congress continues to take significant steps to provide expanded programs to small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Linked above and outlined below are key resources for the business community:
Measures passed by Congress expanded resources to help families in need. Follow the links to find additional details on SNAP, child care grants, and more:
COVID-19 has ushered in bad actors who are operating scams and compromising consumer protections. Learn more about how to keep yourself and your family safe.
COVID-19 is a public health threat of huge magnitude. Information on aid for hospitals/providers and care for patients is available here:
Learn more about the steps Congress has taken to help protect homeowners and renters impacted by COVID-19:
The resources linked above, outline the ways internet providers are helping the people of Connecticut get online and stay connected.
The temporary closure of K-12 schools and universities dramatically affect our states’ students. Learn more about the impact on student loans, when schools with reopen, and more:
COVID-19 has disrupted domestic and international travel. For the latest updates, utilize the link above.
Our veteran population is particularly vulnerable and ensuring their access to resources is critically important during this pandemic. Additional information for health care coverage, veteran own small bossiness, veteran students, and more:
The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted Connecticut workers and employers. Resources for expanded support can be found here: