For unbanked Americans, pandemic stimulus checks arrived slowly and with higher fees. But that could change. – USA TODAY

  • Efforts to get Americans who are unbanked to open accounts are accelerating.
  • Many without bank accounts experienced delays in receiving stimulus checks.
  • The unbanked often took financial hits when they cashed stimulus checks.

When Renee Whittick opened a checking account last year, the smallest financial tasks became easier.

“Before I had a bank account …I wasn’t even able to order my own Uber or Lyft,’’ says Whittick, 31.

She was encouraged to open an account by coaches with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a New York City-based non-profit that helps with saving and other aspects of personal finance. Now, she says, she is able “to do something simple like that, or pay for things online.’’  

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