Voces Unidas recently hosted a Facebook Live with Noel Rincon and Maida Pearce with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's Office to make sure that our community understands what is included in the most recent federal economic stimulus aid package that Congress passed in late December 2020.
The new package included direct payments to U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents of $600 and $600 per child under the age of 16. Individuals earning $75,000 or less and married couples earning $150,000 or less will receive the full $600.
Mixed status families now qualify for the direct aid. The $600 will automatically be sent to the U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident in the mixed status household. This is a change from the first economic aid package, which discriminated against a mixed status household. Also, those who were discriminated against in the last aid package and did not get the $1,200 can now claim it as a credit when they file their 2020 taxes, which is great news for our community.
The group also discussed the other additional benefits in the aid package including small business loans under the PPP program, benefits like unemployment, an extension to the eviction moratorium and more direct rent assistance.
Here is the complete video.