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.
Food & Justice News Mar 17, 2020
Updated Coronavirus Resources
- Mutual Aid in Los Angeles
- Grocery Stores Opening Early for Seniors, Disabled, Pregnant Women (Exact Groups Depend on Particular Store)
- Los Angeles Unified School District Grab and Go Meals for Students
- CalFresh and other Public Benefits : Offices Closed But Phone and Online Are Available
- General Resources for Food, Housing, Health, Transportation and Education
- Demand Sick Days for Food Workers
Stay tuned for more updates. We will be working to advocate for following identified needs:
- meal or grocery delivery for people under age 60 who are disabled or immune-compromised
- a moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs
Food & Justice News Mar 16, 2020
You probably have heard or already experienced most of the new restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve included in this issue as well as stuff you already heard, some lesser discussed issues and resources relevant to our current crisis:
- Local Resources available in Los Angeles:
- LAUSD Family Resource Centers And Grab-And-Go Meals:
- Mayor Assures Grocery Stores Will Be Stocked
- Trump Decision To Cut SNAP Stopped By Court, Partly Due to Coronavirus:
- House Bill To Help Americans Held Up By Republican Rep Louis Gohmert
- Truck Drivers Delivering Emergency Goods Can Drive More Hours
- What About Incarcerated People During This Crisis?
- Farmers Markets Will Stay Open With Some Modification
- Keep Up Demand For Sick Days Because House Bill Doesn’t Cover It All
- Guidelines for Unhoused Angelenos And Demands for City and County of LA
This document was created by people who are committed to our community’s health :-) As long as it is done to help others, you are welcome to add resources or copy them. Please e-mail email@example.com if you see any inaccurate info or if you’d like to add something.
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