US Child Poverty Spiked With End of COVID Support Programs

By Rob Garver, VOA News


Elizabeth Lower-Basch, deputy executive director for policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, described the figures released this week as “not surprising, but deeply disappointing.”

She stressed that the poverty levels in the U.S. are very much dependent on policy choices made in Washington.

During the pandemic, “we made a decision that we were going to take poverty, and particularly child poverty, seriously, and make sure that people have what they need,” she told VOA. “That’s cash assistance, but also food benefits and health care. Now, we’re really rolling back that support, and with child poverty, we’re back where we were.”

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