Federal relief money is starting to make its way into people's pocketbooks, as part of the CARES Act passed by Congress at the end of March. Depending on their income and filing status, people can expect payments of $1,200 (and for families, an additional $500 per child).
The money is part of a roughly $2 trillion economic relief package meant to help alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The public health crisis has certainly upended life for everyone — impacting jobs, schools, businesses, healthcare and daily routines.
So, we want to know: How do you plan to use your relief money?
In your answer, tell us:
- Are you going to save the money, or spend it? Why?
What are your priorities for the money?
- Is the relief money helpful? Is there more economic or financial relief you'd like to see?
The federal relief payments could take several weeks to reach everyone, and as they do we really want to hear from you.
Please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Relief Check" in the subject line, and include your full name and your contact information in your email. We may use your submission in a story online or on the radio.
And if you have a smartphone, you can record a short audio clip (or video) of yourself answering the question for no longer than two minutes, and include that in your email. Here are some instructions on how to do that.
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