Tell Congress to fund and expand critical programs for families and children!
There are only a few weeks left for Congress to pass a major end-of-year spending bill and we’re doing everything in our power to ensure that it includes protections and investments for critical needs programming.
Some in Congress want to freeze all funding instead of responding to today’s needs. In a time of rising costs, that means cutting services.
People deserve access to safe, stable, affordable housing. It’s a human right. As inflation continues to cause pain at the gas pump and grocery stores, wages aren’t keeping up. In fact, 66% of workers say that inflation has outpaced the wage gains they’ve made in the past year.1
Right now, a full-time worker needs to earn $25.82 per hour to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home and $21.25 per hour to afford a modest, one-bedroom rental home.2
At the same time, too many families struggle to find and afford high-quality child care that meets their needs, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges. President Biden has proposed an historic investment in funding for child care and early education to help kids grow in these critical learning years and help support working families remain in the workforce.
Increased annual appropriations will be critical to ensure we build on recent relief investments and continue on the road to economic recovery. Higher food, rent, and heat, and raising pay for low-paid service workers — if these higher costs are not addressed, we’ll be helping fewer people. The dire effects of the pandemic will be felt for years to come and without investments in our future, we risk backsliding, further exacerbating racial wealth and income gaps.
The Reckless Abandonment Edition. While President Trump admits to misleading the American public on the health threat posed by COVID-19 – and more than 191,000 Americans are dead partly as a result – there can be no denying that the economic threat our country faces is dire. And yet: still no meaningful action from the Senate. Food scarcity in this country is exploding at an alarming rate. An eviction moratorium is in place, but due to loopholes and bureaucracy, people are still being evicted – and tens of millions more will join them early next year unless Congress provides emergency rental assistance. The $600 weekly federal UI payment has long expired – and the temporary, not-quite-workable $300 that the President authorized by taking disaster relief funds from FEMA soon will run out, even in states that are distributing the relief (almost two-thirds are not). Unemployment is rising again, but without schools and child care centers re-opening, many parents will be unable to work – even if they could find jobs, which many can’t. But instead of offering a serious response, Senate Majority Leader McConnell put a grossly inadequate bill on the floor that predictably and rightfully failed. That leaves the possibility that no relief package will be approved until the new year. This is unacceptable and outrageous. Bipartisan negotiations in Washington, D.C. must begin immediately.
The number of statesthat have made payments to jobless workers under President Trump’s Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program. The rest have not yet started (South Dakota won’t provide this aid at all). Texas already has announced its last payment, offering only six weeks of aid. Tweet this.
The number of households in America’s four largest cities – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston – that report facing serious financial problems, with issues ranging from depleting their savings to serious problems paying rent, according to a new poll. It’s worse for Latinx and Black households. Tweet this.
The number of Americans who could be food insecure by year’s end, according to Feeding America. That would be a 46% increase since the pandemic began.
$312b – $500b
The combined budget shortfall through summer 2022 for state and local governments, respectively, according to an analysis by Moody Analytics.
The number of adults who reported that they or someone in their household didn’t have enough to eat in the past seven days. That was true of 12 million adults in households with children — 14.1% of all adults in households with children.
The percentage of people Feeding America’s more than 200 food banks nationwide are serving who had never had to rely upon a charitable food system before the pandemic struck.
The number of adults who are now uninsured. (18.6 million of these are between the ages of 18 and 64.)