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September 10, 2020

Update, December 3, 2020: we’ve corrected an error in this post regarding the share of adults reporting that their household had “not enough to eat” in 2019.

With millions of Americans still not getting enough to eat during the COVID-19 crisis and recession, Congress’ return gives lawmakers the opportunity to...

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September 8, 2020

Despite data showing millions of households without enough to eat or behind on rent, continued high unemployment — particularly among lower-paid workers — and enormous state and local budget shortfalls, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a “skinny” relief package today with no food or rental assistance, no state or local fiscal relief beyond insufficient school aid, and a short-...

In Focus: Workers Without a Bachelor's Degree Have Experienced Largest Job Losses
August 6, 2020

Some 19 million children (more than 1 in 4) live in a household that is behind on rent or mortgage payments, isn’t getting enough to eat, or both, we estimate based on Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data from late June and July. Coming on top of extensive data showing severe,...

Tired parent sitting in car with baby
July 31, 2020

With new weekly data revealing several troubling trends, including increases in the already significant number of people struggling to buy food and pay rent, policymakers must act now to prevent further hardship.

Over the last four weeks:

Some 5.6 million more adults reported that their household didn...
Children Facing Significant Hardship, With Wide Racial and Ethnic Gaps
July 20, 2020

CBPP partnered with LIFT, a human service organization that works in underserved communities of color in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., to examine the pandemic’s impact on families with children, with very low incomes and limited savings, that are living in neighborhoods that were hard hit by the pandemic. We asked LIFT’s CEO, Michelle Rhone-Collins, what LIFT has...

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May 11, 2020

The health and economic burdens of COVID-19 are falling disproportionately on people of color and people with very low incomes — who faced significant economic and health challenges before the pandemic — and the new Pandemic TANF Assistance Act would provide financial assistance to many of these families and protection from the negative consequences of previous policies.

Past policy...

Parent and child holding hands
May 4, 2020

Amid COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, states will need additional resources to provide basic income assistance and emergency aid to families and individuals facing severe economic hardship. A flexible emergency fund targeted to families and individuals with the lowest incomes, modeled on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund during the Great Recession,...

Parent kissing child in grocery store
March 4, 2020

The share of children of color living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) rose in the decade after a 1996 law created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and weakened other anti-poverty programs, my colleagues have found....

In Focus: TANF’s Reach Declined Significantly Over Time
December 12, 2019

A job loss, illness, or car breakdown shouldn’t threaten a family’s housing, but that’s the reality for many Americans with low incomes who experience eviction or other types of housing instability because they don’t have the resources to weather even a short-term income loss or large unexpected bill. Senators Michael Bennet and Rob Portman have introduced bipartisan legislation, the...

Apartment buildings in a city
November 22, 2019

Now that the Trump Administration has made public the more than 50,000 comments on its proposal to lower the federal poverty line...

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