COVID-19 Special Resource Page:
Addressing the needs of low-income and vulnerable people

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Undoubtedly, the recent outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has the potential to cause outsize harm to all people, both in terms of physical health and the potential for economic downturn. But population groups such as the poor, older people, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable groups would be disproportionately harmed by a COVID-19 pandemic. These populations can already suffer from lack of access to health resources and basic infrastructure such as housing. Cruelly, in the event of a serious pandemic, they would be both disproportionately harmed as the disease is spread and at a disadvantage to recover once the pandemic is over. In fact, we have already seen an analogous situation in areas subjected to natural disaster such as Puerto Rico.

The Coalition on Human Needs believes these vulnerable populations deserve a voice and special consideration in policy debates pertaining to the public health response to the crisis. To that end, we have compiled the following list of resources advocates and organizations can use when informing the public or contacting lawmakers about COVID-19.

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Updated May 15: The House has passed the HEROES Act, the latest round of COVID-19 relief legislation. What’s unknown is when the Senate will take up its version of the bill. Watch this space for the latest developments.

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (On April 23, Congress passed and President Trump signed the fourth round of coronavirus-related legislation. This package contained $484 billion in funds for small business loans, hospitals and COVID-19 testing.)

The CARES Act (third round of COVID-19 legislation, passed by the House and signed into law on Friday, March 27)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (second round of COVID-19 legislation, passed by Senate and signed by President Trump on Wednesday, March 18):

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