Dear Follower of Hunger Action LA:
The stimulus payments of $1,200 will be made automatically to most people in the U.S., including anyone who files a tax return, and most Social Security recipients.
But some of the most vulnerable people in our community won’t be able to get it unless they jump through hoops. Those are the millions of senior, blind or disabled persons who only receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes around a million people in California, many of them frail with life-threatening conditions that make survival difficult, even before the current crisis.
They can get the payments if they file a tax return. But the majority of them have either never had to file one because they have been blind or disabled from birth, or the last time they filed was years ago. And being in an especially vulnerable class, it is not easy for them to leave home and go hunting down a tax form.
Other recipients of benefits from the Social Security Administration are getting automatic direct payments. SSI recipients should, as well.
Call the Capitol Switchboard, ask for your Member of Congress.
When you’re connected:
Ask them to sign the letter by Rep DeFazio demanding that SSI recipients get direct payments of the CARES Act stimulus payments.
SSI recipients should not have to file taxes to get stimulus payments, this is an injustice and basic issue of equity and fairness.