It’s no surprise that families need money to afford basic necessities, especially during COVID-19. One way states can provide immediate help to children in families with low incomes is to create emergency assistance grants using unspent TANF funds.
“There’s this notion that we let these programs wither when the economy is good even though there are so many people who are still struggling to find employment, and then there’s a major crisis and we have to start from scratch,” Elizabeth Lower-Basch, with the anti-poverty advocacy group Center for Law and Social Policy, said.
During COVID-19, many state agencies that oversee basic needs programs have been forced to close their assistance offices. As a result, states have had to rethink many of their processes to handle the increase in applications while adhering to social distancing guidelines. When local benefit offices reopen, we must examine which changes during the COVID crisis have been beneficial and are worth keeping.
The recently created Pandemic EBT helps families put food on the table for students. But for many immigrant families who’ve been excluded from unemployment assistance and stimulus checks, states must intentionally target their P-EBT outreach to immigrant families to have successful outcomes.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating implications for workers earning low wages and their families. Learn more about CLASP's work in responding to COVID-19.
This brief provides an overview of the unemployment insurance system, new federal benefits available through the CARES Act, and considerations for determining how unemployment compensation can support child care workers during the coronavirus crisis.
This blog post presents 10 policy changes Congress should make in the next coronavirus pandemic stimulus bill to improve the fiscal stability of states and institutions of higher education, continue to provide much-needed emergency aid to students, and maintain college affordability.
Child care is an essential part of our economy, preparing children for the future and enabling parents and caregivers to work, all while employing a large workforce.
Text apps have the potential to increase utilization of mental health services by lowering costs and easing access. The technology can also support young people’s mental health needs using a familiar means of interaction. Maryland’s inclusion of texting for mental health telehealth is a pioneering step in Medicaid that other states should follow.
The CARES Act provides most adults a rebate check. But for 3 million people who owe child support, the check will be withheld. However, much of the money withheld will be kept by states rather than given to children.