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United Way Suncoast hopes you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you may be facing difficulties caused by unemployment and school closures and want to reassure you that even though our Resource Centers (Campbell Park, North Greenwood and Sulphur Springs) are closed, we are still here to help you through this crisis. 
 
COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

President Trump has signed a 2 trillion economic relief plan for individuals and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Below are answers to the most common questions about what is in the plan.

How much will you receive?
Most adults will get $1,200. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500.

How do you know if you will get the full amount?
The amount you will receive depends upon your yearly income. Single adults with Social Security numbers earning $75,000 or less will get the full amount. Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less will receive a total of $2,400. And taxpayers filing as head of household will get the full payment if they earned $112,500 or less.

Above those income figures, the payment decreases until it stops altogether for single people earning $99,000 or married people who have no children and earn $198,000.

What year’s income should I be looking at?
2019. If you haven’t prepared a tax return yet, you can use your 2018 return.

Will I have to apply to receive a payment?
No. If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) already has your bank account information from your 2019 or 2018 returns, it will transfer the money to you via direct deposit.

The IRS will be building a portal for people who need to update their direct deposit information.

When will the payment arrive?
Most people should receive their payments by April 17.

What if you haven’t filed tax returns recently?
Seniors who receive Social Security or those low-income non-filers who receive Social Security Disability payments and are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action; they will receive their payment directly to their bank account. 

Similarly, those on other government assistance programs will likely receive their checks through the program.
 
What You Need to Know About the Eviction Moratoriums
 
Private Eviction (Pinellas)
 
In recognition of the Florida Supreme Court Order from last week, the issuance of Writs of Possessions has been suspended through the close of business on April 17, 2020.  
 
A writ of possession is a court order issued by the Clerk of the Court after the landlord prevails in an eviction action. The writ of possession is served on the tenant by the sheriff. The writ informs the tenant that the tenant must vacate the rental unit by a certain time period (24 hours) or be subject to removal by the Sheriff.
 
The writ is the final step in the private residential eviction process.
 
This action only suspends the "Issuance of Writs". Eviction actions can still be filed by the landlord during this time. It is very important for tenants to either continue to pay their rent when due, if they can, or try to make arrangements with their landlord regarding future payments.

 
Private Eviction (Hillsborough)
 
In recognition of the Florida Supreme Court Order from last week, the issuance of Writs of Possessions has been suspended through the close of business on April 17, 2020. In addition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has agreed not to execute on any writs of possession issued in eviction cases until April 20, 2020. 
 

Public and Federally Subsidized Housing

Pursuant to the CARES Act signed on March 27, there is presently a federal eviction moratorium for tenants residing in federally subsidized housing ( ex. Public Housing, Section 8 Voucher Choice, Project Based Section 8, LIHTC, etc.).  This moratorium restricts landlords from filing a new eviction action for nonpayment of rent through July 2020.

For more information about eviction moratoriums, please contact Bay Area Legal Services, 1-800-625-2257.
 
Helpful Resources
 
United Way Suncoast is committed to helping our community navigate these difficult times. We continue to mobilize resources to lend assistance in a variety of ways. 

Our
Coronavirus Assistance Center provides a one-stop online resource to access information on food assistance, unemployment benefits, tax help, small business loans, 2-1-1 information and much more.

Our
Educational Resources page provides parents and caregivers with tools to help students with online learning, arts and crafts, activities, fitness and more. Additionally, there are links to the five school districts in our region and the help they are providing. 

If you need immediate assistance, please dial 2-1-1.