Tell the Senate:
“As substantial federal direct aid programs begin to expire at the end of this month, immediate action is needed to help people and families in need, including $600 per week in continued enhanced unemployment benefits, cash aid, and a boost of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Failing to do this will harm millions of people, and will especially hurt children in families struggling to make ends meet.”
Nearly half of all households have seen losses in income from work. Unprecedented numbers of people and families are unable to pay their rent and risk eviction. The most recent data show one in five households couldn’t pay rent in May. For Black and Latinx households, and households with children, it’s one in four. There are also an alarming number of people throughout the United States who are unable to get enough to eat because of the income losses they’ve sustained during the pandemic.
This is shocking data, and we must not allow ourselves—or Congress—to become numb to the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.