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Delivering Human Services During COVID-19: An Interview With LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 11:03am

CBPP partnered with LIFT, a human service organization that works in underserved communities of color in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., to examine the pandemic’s impact on families with children, with very low incomes and limited savings, that are living in neighborhoods that were hard hit by the pandemic. We asked LIFT’s CEO, Michelle Rhone-Collins, what LIFT has learned and how it adjusted its work to respond to families’ needs.

Q: Please tell me a little about the families that LIFT serves and how you serve them.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Boost SNAP to Capitalize on Program’s Effectiveness and Ability to Respond to Need

Sat, 07/18/2020 - 3:11pm

A SNAP benefit increase is one of the highest bang-for-the-buck measures for economic stimulus to help support the economy. 

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Greenstein: To Honor John Lewis, We Must Pursue His Vision of a More Just America

Sat, 07/18/2020 - 2:47pm

All of humanity suffered a huge loss yesterday with the passing of one of the greatest Americans of my lifetime, John Lewis.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 3:15pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, federal taxes, the federal budget, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, housing, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Increasing Federal Medicaid Assistance Provides Effective Economic Stimulus

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:34am

Increasing the federal share of Medicaid costs (the federal medical assistance percentage, or FMAP) would not only protect health coverage during the pandemic and recession, but also increase employment and economic output by providing relief to hard-pressed state budgets, research on the 2009 Recovery Act shows.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

State Outreach Can Get Stimulus Payments to as Many Eligible Residents as Possible

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 3:41pm

About 12 million Americans risk missing out on the CARES Act’s stimulus payments because they did not receive payments automatically from the IRS.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

3 Reasons to Expand EITC for Childless Adults Amid COVID-19

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 3:01pm

In their next economic relief package, policymakers should include a modest but important measure that would temporarily expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for tax year 2020 for adults not raising children in their home. This measure, which is in the House-passed Heroes Act, would (1) generate timely, effective fiscal stimulus to help the economy recover, (2) help avoid a poverty spike; and (3) boost the incomes of those earning low wages, including those doing essential work to help the country weather COVID-19.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Making Child Tax Credit Fully Available Would Benefit 6 Million Women of Color

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 2:53pm

The next COVID-19 relief legislation should make the Child Tax Credit fully available for tax year 2020 to families that now receive only a partial credit or none at all because their earnings are too low. That would reduce financial hardship and racial income disparities — benefiting 3.4 million Latinas and 2.0 million Black women, among many others — while stimulating the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Continuous Coverage Protections in Families First Act Prevent Coverage Gaps by Reducing “Churn”

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:59am

Weakening continuous coverage would cause likely hundreds of thousands of people, including many who have recently lost their jobs, to lose coverage and become uninsured.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

New Funding to Help Families Use Housing Vouchers in High-Opportunity Areas

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 2:21pm

CBPP and other members of the Mobility Works collaborative praised today’s announcement that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is making $50 million available for public housing agencies to develop programs to help low-income families with housing vouchers access low-poverty, high-opportunity areas.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Policy Brief: Failed Reopenings Highlight Urgent Need to Build on Federal Fiscal Support for Households and States

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:41am

Policymakers should provide robust assistance to individuals and state and local governments and continue it as long as it is needed.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States That Have Expanded Medicaid Are Better Positioned to Address COVID-19 and Recession

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:28pm

The 35 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have implemented the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion are better positioned to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The 15 remaining states should act swiftly to implement expansion to help their residents weather the crisis.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

This Year’s Tax Day Highlights Need to Rebuild IRS

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 12:00pm

This Tax Day, delayed until July 15 to help taxpayers deal with the disruptions caused by COVID-19, should be a wake-up call for policymakers to invest in core government functions like the IRS. A decade of ill-advised funding cuts have constrained not just the IRS’ core function of enforcing taxpayer obligations, but also its capacity to deliver stimulus payments to struggling families during the pandemic and recession.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Boosting SNAP: 5 Reasons Why Households Need More

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:39am

As policymakers consider additional relief to respond to COVID-19 and the deep economic downturn, boosting SNAP benefits must be part of measures to lessen hardship and help the economy recover.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

For Tax Day 2020, 6 Charts on State Taxes and Spending

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:19am

Tax Day, which is July 15 this year due to COVID-19, marks an opportunity to look at the pandemic’s impact on state budgets and consider the crucial role that state tax and spending choices play in people’s lives — such as helping keep residents healthy, providing basic shelter and quality schools, and reducing barriers that block some people, particularly people of color and other historically excluded groups, from enjoying the nation’s full promise.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 3:24pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Failed Reopenings Highlight Urgent Need to Build on Federal Fiscal Support for Households and States

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 4:08pm

Policymakers should provide robust assistance to individuals and state and local governments and continue it as long as it is needed.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Boosting SNAP: Needed to Reduce Hardship, Long-Term Effects on Children

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 5:05pm

As policymakers consider what could be the last COVID-19 relief package this year, they should respond to the alarming rise in the number of children who aren’t getting enough to eat by increasing SNAP (food stamp) benefits, which would minimize COVID-19’s lasting impact on a generation of children.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty


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