Lynchburg community organizations help low-income people access COVID relief funds

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Many Americans have received COVID-19 relief payments this past week. For some, those checks went straight into their bank accounts as direct deposits.

But people who make less than $12,200 a year aren’t required to file a tax return and therefore may not get an automatic payment.

That’s just one hurdle people across the country are facing.

Bethany Tanner is a housing case manager with Miriam’s House. Since the first stimulus checks came out last year, she’s been helping families in the community access funds for which they are eligible.

For people experiencing homelessness, that could mean connecting them with resources to file taxes needed to get a COVID-19 relief check.

“Making sure that our neighbors experiencing homelessness have access to this payment is really important,” said Tanner, “because it can be the difference in spending the night in their car or being able to find a place and have the finances to pay for an affordable place to rent.”

Miriam’s House is working with about 100 families in the community.

For many of them who have been displaced, they can use Miriam’s House’s address to have their mail and checks sent to.

Tanner said if anyone still needs help filing their taxes, she urges them to reach out to the Lynchburg Community Action Group.

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