June 12, 2020

750,000 Floridians still haven’t gotten stimulus checks and won’t unless they contact IRS by October [Orlando Sentinel]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Carolina Glenn of the Orlando Sentinel writes:

"More than two months since Congress and President Trump passed a historic relief package that would get cash directly to households, 12 million Americans — including 750,000 Floridians — have still not received their stimulus checks, a new report says.

Only California surpassed Florida in the number of individuals who haven’t gotten the payouts, with 1,082,000.


The Florida Policy Institute, another progressive group that advances state policies, called upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to 'implement a robust outreach program.'

'The CARES act payments provide a much-needed boost to families trying to pay rent and put food on the table during this unprecedented health and economic crisis,' said Sadaf Knight, CEO of the organization. 'Florida leaders must work to ensure hundreds of thousands of residents don’t miss out on this relief for their families and our community.'"


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