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• Jack Meserve at Democracy Journal discusses child poverty in America, what can be done to solve it, and how the coronavirus has made an impact.
• According to this article, the study of the National Academy Sciences concluded that a direct cash allowance reduced child poverty more effectively than any other single program. How are policymakers proposing to end child poverty?
• Here's an article on the cause and consequence of poverty on children.
The current economic recession is fast stripping away any illusions that the American social safety is close to being adequate. Without the new aid being distributed by the Congressional CARES package passed in late March, the number of individuals considered officially poor may have risen by 50 percent, according to Columbia University researchers. Access to these new programs has been limited, so actual poverty could be significantly higher than best estimates. Potentially more damaging, the rebates of $1,200 an adult are so far only one-time payments, and the unemployment expansions will run out this summer or by end of the year.
As millions more working Americans have fallen into poverty, they have learned—for the first time in their lives—what it is like to depend on insufficient food stamps, temporary unemployment insurance, food banks that run out of supplies, Medicaid and housing subsidies, school lunches for the children that they had to pick up because the actual schools are closed, along with charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill for their clothing and furniture.
Read the full article about KEYWORD by Jack Meserve at Democracy Journal.