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There is no address or ID. I’m also having a hard time getting a stimulus check.
New York — For most Americans, like the first two, the third stimulus payment arrived magically and landed in banks and mail without prompts. Imagine you don’t have a bank account or mailing address. Or phone. Or identification. Charlie Beres was sitting in a milk crate outside the Lower East Side subway Grand Street station last month, ringing 65 cents in a paper cup, but 3-0 on a stimulus check. Sign up for the morning newsletter from The New York Times “I didn’t know the process,” he said. Born 58 years ago in Brooklyn, Velez appears to be eligible to file a tax return for 2020 and collect all three payments for a total of $ 3,200. But he hasn’t filed taxes for years. He is closest to the banking system when he sleeps in the ATM entrance hall on Deluxe Street. Mr. Beres said outreach workers sometimes approached him for help, but when it came to stimuli, “no one mentioned it to me.” Anyone with a Social Security number with an income of less than $ 75,000, not a dependent of anyone else, is eligible for inspiration. But some of the people who benefit most from money are the hardest to get it. Bethhof Meister, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Rights Project, said: “But the way people have access to it doesn’t really match the way most really low-income people interact with the government.” Interviews with homeless people in New York City over the past few weeks. Found that some people mistakenly assumed that they were ineligible for stimuli. Some say that complex bureaucratic hurdles cannot be overcome due to restricted access to the telephone and the Internet. “It’s like a scavenger hunt,” said Josiah Haken, chief program officer at New York City Relief, a nonprofit organization that helps connect homeless people to resources. One recent night, James Keys, 50, sitting outside Starbucks at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, didn’t think he was eligible. “I don’t even have a phone,” he said. “I don’t have any ID at all.” Paradoxically, very poor people probably don’t wear socks in banks or play in the stock market, but in a devastated area of stimulus. Most likely to send it back to the economy. “I will find a permanent place to stay, some food, clothing, a nice shower, a nice bed,” said Richard Rodríguez, 43, who was waiting for lunch outside the Bowery Mission last month. “I didn’t have a nice bed for a year,” Rodriguez said he tried several tax returns (a necessary step for those who haven’t joined the system yet) but gave up. .. “I went to H & R Block and told them they were homeless,” he said. “They said they couldn’t help me.” Lined up near him was a man who only named him Polo. Before the pandemic, Polo said he was working in a warehouse in Maryland. He received his first incentive last year. However, after losing his job, he closed his bank account because he was charged with low balance. According to the IRS website, Polo said his second stimulus check, which was sent to most people in early January, is “still in process.” He hasn’t heard anything about his third payment, $ 1,400. “Calling a toll-free IRS number puts it on hold for an hour,” he said. The number of eligible people not claiming the stimulus seems to be unknown, but the IRS says it has contacted 9 million people who normally did not file tax returns to communicate the stimulus. The city’s Social Welfare Department said its staff and contract providers are working to help people register and receive incentives. Both the city and the IRS list places that offer free tax assistance, including some walk-in spots that do not require reservations. But many of the interviewees didn’t know about them. Teranswells, 37, hanging out in front of Penn Station, said a friend tried to help him access the stimulus payments. “It never passed,” he said. “It never gave us the right form to fill out.” The free market has provided a fairly tough solution to those who are mysterious by the system. 53-year-old Stephen Todd, who lives in Manhattan’s Main Chance Shelter, said “financial-educated men” approached homeless people and offered to inspire them for hundreds of dollars. Stated. “People were happy to get everything,” he said. “It wasn’t fair.” Outside of HELP Women’s Shelter in Brooklyn’s East New York district last month, 27-year-old Rebecca Robertson said she hadn’t received the first two checks because she was in jail. However, a federal judge ruled last fall that imprisoned people were entitled to a stimulus. Robertson said he filed taxes online over the weekend. “I’m just trying to get an apartment and a job, so I can free my daughter from foster care,” she said. Some groups that support the homeless provide inspiring support when distributing food and clothing. For example, the Homeless Night Foodline Coalition on East 51st Street and the New York City Relief Morning pop-up in Manhattan and the Bronx. Harken of New York City Relief said some hurdles are easier to clear than others. He explained how to help people without ID to cash their checks. Next, he needs to sign a check to someone who has a bank account in front of a banker who is willing to say “that’s enough”. Zac Martin, a pastor of the Recovery House of Worship in downtown Brooklyn, said his church would store his belongings there when homeless people went to the office to apply for a city-issued ID known as IDNYC. He said he allowed it. metal detector. Recently, Martin said he helped a man complete a long process of claiming a $ 600 stimulus check. “I met him last week,” Martin said. “We have a grocery pantry on Saturday. He submitted me a $ 50 invoice and said,” I’m really grateful for your work. Please continue. ” This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company