The American Rescue Plan signed into law on March 11 includes another round of direct payments to individuals and families. People who do not have a permanent address or do not typically file taxes, known as nonfilers, are still eligible to receive a stimulus check.
On March 24, 2021, TPCH published Don’t Miss Out: A Guide to the 2021 Economic Impact Payments for People Experiencing Homelessness. The guide provides information about the 2021 Economic Impact Payments for people experiencing homelessness. It includes answers to commonly asked questions and local resources to help people experiencing homelessness receive Economic Impact Payments if they are eligible. This guide also provides steps people experiencing homelessness can take if they were eligible for the first or second Economic Impact Payments in 2020 but did not receive them.
Click here to download the guide to share with homeless advocates and people experiencing homelessness.
Special Considerations for People Experiencing Homelessness
For the second and third round of payments, people who receive disability support or are part of other federal programs, should not need to take any additional steps to receive their check. The federal government will automatically issue checks to people who are part of these federal programs:
- Social Security Old-Age retirement, Survivors or Disability Insurance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Railroad Retirement Board benefits
- Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits
For nonfilers, the IRS will use 2019 records, including anyone who used the IRS nonfiler tool (which is now closed) to claim a first or second stimulus check. The IRS has not yet confirmed when payments for nonfilers will be issued. For more information, please visit the IRS’s Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions.
For those individuals and families for which the IRS already has bank information, they will most likely receive a direct deposit into their bank account. Others may receive a paper check or debit card. People without a permanent address can use the address of a shelter, friend, or family member.