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Poverty Solutions Launches Stimulus Check Website

Most Michigan residents are eligible for the federal stimulus checks being issued through the CARES Act, the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill. U-M Poverty Solutions wants to make sure Michiganders receive their stimulus payments as soon as possible, so they’ve created the Coronavirus Stimulus Payment website.

In this episode of Michigan Minds, H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, shares some of the important information on the new site. 

“We want to make Michigan one of the states that has the highest rates of getting people their stimulus checks during this incredibly important time. We put together materials that we hope will be helpful for people as they wade through what to do to get this important resource,” Shaefer says. 

The Coronavirus Stimulus Payment website includes information about eligibility, a step-by-step process on how to get the  payment, and resources on opening a secure and affordable bank account for direct deposit. 

“We see our research agenda as an action-based one,” Shaefer says of Poverty Solutions, adding that the initiative is finding ways to engage and provide resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to do everything we can to help make things better, especially for those who are the most economically vulnerable,” Shaefer says.

Poverty Solutions developed the website in partnership with Detroit-based nonprofit design firm Civilla

Listen to this episode of Michigan Minds to learn more, and visit the Coronavirus Stimulus Payment website at poverty.umich.edu/stimulus-checks

Related: Stimulus Package Q&A with Michael S. Barr