Pandemic Relief Plans Are Ending Soon. Here's What You Need to Know

On July 15, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden delivered remarks on the Child Tax Credit, which is part of a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill. Photo Courtesy: Bloomberg/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone across the globe in innumerable ways and in every facet of our lives — socially, mentally, economically, personally — and it continues to impact our day-to-day living in untold ways. To help mitigate some of the devastating effects of this enduring event, the U.S. government created a safety net of various relief programs and mandates that involved providing financial assistance to Americans in the form of everything from rental eviction protections to economic stimulus payments. However, many of these programs are reaching the ends of their extensions and eligibility periods and are slated to end in the coming weeks and months.

If you’ve been utilizing any of the U.S.’s pandemic relief programs, you’ll likely find yourself wondering what the future may hold — and how you might need to adapt. To help, we've assembled a list of some of the most commonly utilized federal assistance programs and included details about what they were designed to accomplish and what’s happening to them as they wind down. You’ll also learn about a few options to consider if the expiration dates aren’t extended.