While many Americans received federal aid to help them get by during the economic crisis, 12 million people are still waiting for this drastically needed relief. Thankfully, outreach campaigns can provide a solution if we act soon.
During tax season, many filers will receive a refund: the earned income tax credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low- and moderate-income earners that reduces the likelihood of millions of workers being taxed into poverty.
We must do more to protect vulnerable youth and young adults including those without insurance from the COVID-19 pandemic. Aggressively implementing and expanding presumptive eligibility for Medicaid represents a promising strategy.
COVID-19 reminds us how fragile our health insurance system is, and how insurance is either tied to someone’s employment and/or entirely inaccessible. CLASP outlines enrollment options for individuals and steps for states to make insurance more accessible.
I testified at a Congressional hearing on a proposal to eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million recipients, including almost 1 million children. In these difficult times, our country must ensure those in need have safe, affordable, and nutritious food. That’s the plea I made during that Congressional hearing before this pandemic, and it’s even more important now.
HUD has proposed a regulation that would effectively eliminate a 2015 policy known as the Assessment of Fair Housing. If implemented, the proposed rule would make it harder to foster inclusive communities and promote fair housing choice for people of color, people with disabilities, and other protected classes.