NYS Child Advocates Regarding Federal Proposal (July 31, 2020)
"Our families are at a crossroads--the economic stability, educational attainment, health, and well-being of the next generation of children are at risk right now. It is not hyperbole to say that their future will depend on the decisions made by Congress in the next few weeks."
"The Coronavirus Emergency Assistance Grant Program would provide funds that could be used to provide eligible families with short-term cash, non-cash, and in-kind assistance to address their basic needs, or for subsidized employment at the appropriate time that it is safe and consistent with public health guidance."
Letter to Governor in Response to Executive Order (July 22, 2020)
"Many nonprofits entered this pandemic at a breaking point caused by underfunded and late contracts, late payments, high staff turnover, stagnant wages, fully tapped out credit lines, and limited or nonexistent cash reserves. COVID-19 dramatically increased the need for human services at a time where our workforce and program capacity has been greatly diminished and destabilized."
"Strengthening SNAP will not only feed struggling families, it will boost the economy. Economists estimate that every SNAP dollar that households redeem expands the economy by approximately $1.50 by enabling low-income households to buy other essential items, like diapers and medication, and provides revenue directly to local businesses, thus helping maintain jobs in our cities."
NYS Child Advocates to NYS Delegation (July 20, 2020)
"New York cannot rebuild alone. It will need extraordinary support from the federal government for state and local governments to pull out of crisis and into recovery, funds that are essential to prevent New York from having to slash social services, education, child care, child welfare, and other family and child-serving programs."
"In this current environment, families are experiencing greater stress and support from a trusted home visitor is crucial to family and child health and well-being. With public health risk and the social safety net in higher demand, these professionals are working overtime to deliver services to families in an unprecedented environment through creative means."