How Will the New Stimulus Package Affect Me?

On March 27, a COVID-19 stimulus package was signed into law. The new law includes some important protections and support for working people during this crisis. While this legislation is only a first step, there are a number of provisions that will help SEIU members and other working people immediately, including:

Financial relief

The legislation includes a significant increase in unemployment insurance benefits that will amount to full paycheck replacement for most working people who lost their jobs during the crisis or cannot work due to the pandemic. The legislation provides $260 billion to expand eligibility to include workers not typically covered--such as gig workers, increase payments by an additional $600 per week for all recipients, and extend payments for an additional 13 weeks. Eligibility requirements vary state by state. Find out how to apply for unemployment benefits in your state:

It provides for direct cash payments of $1200 for individuals who make less than $75,000 and $2400 for married couples who make less than $150,000 combined. Families will also receive an additional $500 cash payment per child. You can use this helpful calculator for direct cash payments from the Washington Post.

It increases food assistance by providing an additional $24.3 billion for child nutrition programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The legislation protects housing with $12 billion in housing assistance and protects tenants from eviction.


Healthcare providers

School employees

Child Care

Public transportation

Accountability to Ensure Corporations Receiving Assistance Invest in Working People