Stimulus Check Update: The Truth About Social Security Recipients

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Despite inflation, the U.S. economy has managed to survive one of the worst global pandemics in history. But with an unemployment rate lingering at 3.6%, there’s little chance that Congress will approve another stimulus check for the majority of Americans.

Still, that reality has not slowed rumors regarding a fourth stimulus check payment to Social Security recipients. Social Security, paid to retirees and those who cannot work due to disability, may arrive reliably but it does not keep up with inflation. And that is one of the primary reasons Rick Delaney, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), sent a letter to Congress asking for a one-time $1,400 stimulus check for those on Social Security.

To put this in perspective, Delaney sent his letter in October 2021. That’s seven months ago. In those seven months, coverage of the letter has made the rounds of talk radio, newspapers, and online publications (including The Ascent). The possibility of a fourth check has been covered so often that it’s easy to understand how people might be confused.

Social Security Recipients Need To Get This Stimulus Check Information

If you’re a Social Security recipient who finds yourself struggling to make ends meet, these organizations are designed with you in mind.

If you’re on Social Security and concerned that you may not be able to make your mortgage payments, there may be relief options available through your state or mortgage lender. If you choose to work with a housing counselor, that person will help you tailor a plan of action, at no cost to you. You can locate a housing counselor through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website.

Although the CDC eviction moratorium ended last summer, help is still available to renters who may have trouble paying their rent or utilities. Visit this page for the contact information you’ll need.

If you’re without a home, this web page spells out where you can find safe temporary housing, pay bills, and even protect your credit score.

If you’re a Social Security recipient and need legal advice, you may qualify for free legal aid. Here’s where you can find a lawyer in your state.

If you’re having trouble coming up with the money to buy groceries, do not go hungry. There are hundreds of organizations across the country that exist solely to provide you with the food you need.

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