How Far Will $1,200 Go in New York City?

The government passed the largest stimulus bill in American history, but individual checks may come up short

On March 27, President Trump signed a stimulus bill worth $2.2 trillion to aid business and individuals while the economy is shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Those who meet eligibility requirements—citizens or residents with a social security number who make less than $75,000—are beginning to receive their Economic Impact Payments, $1,200 checks for each person (or $2,400 for married couples who filed taxes together). But with over 22 million Americans filing for unemployment over the past month, the checks seem insufficient to make ends meet.

Brandon Munoz, 26, works as a freelance photographer in New York City. When coronavirus hit, jobs dried up and his savings began to dwindle. He spoke with NYCity Lens about where his stimulus money will be going and how expensive it is to survive in the city.


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