Submitted by FoodSNAP on 04/21/2020 - 12:01pm.
This is a long update - but chock full of important information.
Updates below on expanded UI for self employed/gig workers, important 4/22 deadline for Social Security recipients with kids, tomorrow's SNAP National Day of Action, and a 4/23 housing zoom Q&A.
We will soon be sending more information on the reporting rules for SNAP households who start get UI, and we will follow up with additional info from this morning's Coalition Zoom. A reminder that P-EBT information is posted on our google doc here.
Gig economy workers, self employed workers, and others can now file for unemployment in Mass.
The Baker Administration announced yesterday that workers can now file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through DUA at Mass.gov/PUA.
Many workers who were not eligible under regular UI ARE eligible for PUA. For example:
- Self-employed individuals, including gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors (eg. uber/lyft drivers)
- Those seeking part-time employment
- Those with insufficient work history to qualify for regular UI
All workers who get UI- either through the regular UI program or through PUA - should get $600/week on top of their base UI amount. This $600/week payment will continue until the end of July.
For a guide on UI and to learn more, visit: Masslegalhelp.org/
WEDNESDAY 4/22 Deadline for Social Security households to fill out IRS form to quickly get $500/dependent
Yesterday (Monday) the Treasury Department announced that Social Security / Railroad retirement recipients must complete the IRS non-tax filers form by this Wednesday in order to quickly get the $500 they are entitled to per dependent (on top of the $1,200 payment). Those who do not meet the deadline will have wait until early 2021 when the IRS reopens the filing portal for them.
This is a very frustrating decision made by the Administration and will result in delays in getting this money to low-income seniors and persons with disabiliites who are caring for dependents. For a clear explanation of what is going on and who should fill out this form ASAP, see this CBPP tweet.
Please encourage families who have dependents and receive RSDI to fill out the form. Also, please contact your Congressional representatives about how this sudden and unreasonable deadline will deprive very low income people of these benefits at a time when they need them most. Please share this widely.
For more information abut these payments, see: Masslegalhelp.org/covid-
First, we commend our colleagues and advocates across the state for their hard work in getting an eviction moratorium passed! The moratorium bill was signed by Governor Baker yesterday. This is fantastic news. Click here for MLRI's statement.
Please use this form to register for the Thursday, April 23, 2020 virtual question and answer session for community advocates about evictions and housing rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held from 2:00 to 3:30, by zoom. You will get the zoom log in information once you submit the form.National Day of Action on Wednesday, April 22 to Boost SNAP Benefits in Next COVID-19 Package
See below from FRAC.