Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that payments of $250 are going to Social Security recipients beginning May 7, with the goal that all such payments will be sent out by the end of May.
These payments are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In addition, by mid-May, $250 payments will also begin to go out to recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
For many, these payments will make a real difference: Social Security is the only source of income for nearly onethird of all unmarried seniors receiving Social Security.
In addition to the economic recovery payments being made to Social Security and SSI recipients, the Recovery Act also provides for payments to disabled veterans and Railroad Retirement recipients.
The payments to Railroad Retirement recipients are scheduled to begin to go out in late May and the payments to disabled veterans in June. In total, more than 50 million Americans will get this one-time payment.
If someone regularly receives benefits from two or more of these programs – such as Social Security and Railroad Retirement, or a disabled veterans’ benefit and SSI – he or she will receive just one $250 payment.