Tribes plan for COVID relief spending, brace for challenges

Jun 7, 2021
The American Rescue Plan provides $20 billion in aid, but problems with the previous CARES Act rollout have made tribes vigilant.
The American Rescue Plan includes $20 billion for tribal governments. But hitches in the aid provided by the CARES Act in 2020 prevented full and effective use of the funds.
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As another month's rent comes due, appropriated relief is finally making its way to tenants

May 28, 2021
More than 400 programs are in place to distribute nearly $50 billion in aid to tenants who've fallen behind.
After more than a year of this pandemic, many tenants have fallen behind and are struggling to pay rent.
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When should pandemic benefits end if there's no neat end to the pandemic?

May 12, 2021
Withdrawing support too soon could inflict damage. Leaving it in place too long could also have drawbacks.
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March retail sales soar 9.8% thanks to relief payments

Apr 15, 2021
Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month.
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How recipients will spend COVID relief payments depends on their income

Mar 26, 2021
The worst off are likely to use them to fend off economic disaster. The best off may well splurge.
Middle-income households may increase their spending a bit, and pay down debt. But Camilla Yanushevsky at CFRA Research said some of them may hold back, because they’re worried.
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Many will see $1,400 COVID payments hit bank accounts today

Mar 17, 2021
Tens of millions of taxpayers will get the direct payments Wednesday if the IRS has their direct deposit information.
There was some initial confusion because the IRS said that it began processing payments on Friday. People were online on Monday wondering where their deposits were.
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Relief for Native Americans will go beyond expanded vaccine distribution

Mar 16, 2021
Tribal governments were already making a successful push to vaccinate people, but these resources will help with even more.
When it comes to vaccinations, several Native American communities across the country have successfully sprung into action, including the Navajo Nation.
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Shuttered venue owners say federal aid could be a curtain raiser

Mar 12, 2021
The new pandemic relief package includes another $1.25 billion for concert venues, theaters and other spaces that do live events.
None of the recent federal aid has been distributed yet. But the fact that it’s been approved has the industry hopeful. Pictured: The iconic Metro concert venue sits empty in Chicago, Illinois, on Dec. 29, 2020.
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The COVID relief package is official. When will we see direct payments?

Mar 12, 2021
The White House says relief payments sent by direct deposit could start hitting bank accounts this weekend.
Getting checks out to Americans who are already in the IRS’ system should be quick this time around.
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Getting $1.9 trillion in aid out the door? "It just takes time."

Mar 10, 2021
Individuals will probably get their American Rescue Plan payments within weeks. State and local governments will wait months.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sign the American Rescue Plan Act on Wednesday. It will next move to the White House for President Biden's signature.
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