COVID-19 Updates: Direct Payments, Fair Housing & More
To help you and our neighbors stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving stream of information related to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, my office and I are working to provide news as it develops over social media and by email. This is a recap of some of this week’s highlights.
Below you can find information on the following topics:
- Multi-state Council Enacted to Help Employees Get Back to Work, Restore Economy
- Stimulus Package Checks
- Connecticut Fair Housing Center COVID-19 Rent Relief FAQ
- The Census
For more information about the state's response efforts visit ct.gov/coronavirus. To receive text message notifications, sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system. To subscribe, text "COVIDCT" to 888-777.
Stimulus Package Direct Payments
The first round of Stimulus Package checks went out to taxpayers who filed their 2018 and/or 2019 tax returns. A second round of paper checks is expected to be mailed to taxpayers around May 4.
If you haven't received a payment but are expecting one, aren't sure if you're eligible, or would like to speed up the process of receiving your payout by entering bank account information, the IRS has created a portal where you can check the status of your stimulus payment here.
Please be aware of scams associated with Stimulus Package checks. Here's a related story that recently appeared in the Hartford Courant.
Multi-State Council Enacted to Help Employees Get Back to Work, Restore Economy
Connecticut joined forces this week with New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware and Pennsylvania to create a multi-state council charged with getting people back to work and restoring the economy, already building on a regional approach to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts has also joined the council.
According to a press release distributed by Governor Ned Lamont, "The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus."
The full release including quotes from the governors involved in the multi-state council can be found here.
Connecticut Fair Housing Center COVID-19 Homeowner FAQ
Questions and answers regarding homeowner rights during the COVID-19 outbreak, including ability to make payments in the event you've been negatively impacted by the outbreak or not can be found in the FAQ here which includes a version in Spanish, too.
The Census Matters
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to supply daily services, products, and support for you and your community. For example, each year, billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on the data gained through the census.
The results are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. This also marks the first year in which you can fill out the census online. Please click here.