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January 8, 2021

A large and growing number of people are struggling to meet basic needs, according to Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data released this week, and households with children in particular have had trouble affording enough food. The rise in hardship at the close of 2020 likely reflected, in part, weaknesses of the relief packages enacted in the spring, including measures that didn’t last...

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December 17, 2020

Massachusetts yesterday became the first state to receive federal approval to issue benefits through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to replace the free or reduced-price meals that children are missing at school during this school year, but every other state has the authority and experience to begin issuing P-EBT benefits as well.

Remote Learning
December 17, 2020

With the holiday season upon us and federal unemployment benefits for more than 12 million jobless workers expiring the day after Christmas, a growing number of households are under severe financial strain.

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December 10, 2020

If federal policymakers don’t extend a national eviction moratorium — like the one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that’s in effect until December 31 — millions could soon lose their homes and...

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November 18, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches amidst a pandemic-driven economic crisis, just 44 percent of households with children are “very confident” that they can afford needed food over the next four weeks, according to new Census survey data — and about 10 percent, or 3.5 million households, are “not at all confident.” That uncertainty reflects widespread food hardship across the country, with 5.6 million...

Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance

October 21, 2020

The figures underscore the need for policymakers to agree on a strong, bipartisan economic relief package.

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October 7, 2020

Nearly 78 million adults – about 1 in 3 – are having trouble paying for usual household expenses, today’s Census data show. Along with other data showing that hardship has significantly worsened due to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, the figures underscore the...

In Focus: 1 in 3 Adults Had Trouble Paying for Usual Household Expenses in Last 7 Days
September 24, 2020

The government funding package that Congress expects to pass this week includes important nutrition assistance, but policymakers don’t seem likely to agree in the near term to a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package — even with the latest data again showing that millions of adults (and many of their children) are struggling to get enough to eat, and facing significant housing hardship, which...

In Focus: Black and Latino Households Likelier to Experience Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
September 18, 2020

The wide gap between median renter income and median rent extended through 2019, new Census data show, highlighting that the housing affordability crisis existed before COVID-19 and the recession cost many renters their jobs. Policymakers must urgently provide emergency rental assistance to help families struggling to afford housing in...

Renters’ Incomes Haven’t Caught Up to Housing Costs
September 18, 2020

The economic gains before COVID-19 sent the economy tumbling were uneven across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data that the Census Bureau released yesterday. And the pandemic wiped out much of this...

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