Experts explain the significance of this new ‘allowance.’
Starting in July 2021, most US families will get monthly payments from the IRS of either $250 or $300 per child under 18.
Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
If the plan is fully phased in as proposed, workers could get up to $4,000 a month for a total of 12 weeks in paid leave to care for a newborn, another loved one or themselves within 10 years.
Many studies conducted in recent years tie lower poverty rates for children to better health and higher pay when they grow up.
For middle-class and wealthy families, securing government aid tends to be free of hassles. For low-income families, the process is often stigmatizing and the benefits meager.
This infusion of funds will help struggling child care providers and support parents who have to exit the workforce to care for their kids.
Even when the economy is strong, these young adults face economic hardship.
The federal government has temporarily widened eligibility for food assistance to more students. Two scholars argue this needs to be made permanent and be accompanied with an awareness campaign.
This benefit, together with other features of the latest relief package, may greatly reduce child poverty.
Monthly payments to families with children could lift millions of US children out of poverty.
Few middle-class Americans undergoing Chapter 13 bankruptcy blame the government. They portray themselves as hardworking victims and resent others for taking more than their fair share.
The Biden administration is trying to shore up SNAP, a mainstay of the safety net.
Restricting trade to control the pandemic damages livelihoods, especially those of the urban poor. The control of future pandemics must strike a balance between health and economic activity.
More than 40,000 restrictions, most imposed by states, leave rights, benefits and opportunities out of reach for Americans with past convictions.
Not all Americans can take paid leave, and some workers can’t take any time off at all if they or their loved ones get sick. Those are big problems during pandemics.
From health care to social work, America’s public schools bridge many gaps for children and their families.
The food aid program helps low-income families put food on the table and injects money straight into struggling local economies. It will be critical throughout the crisis the coronavirus is stoking.
A scholar of the American safety net explains how, through her own brother, she’s getting a personal window into what it means to face COVID-19 as a worker in the gig economy.
The millions of US children whose parents can’t always afford enough nutritious food for their families get about a quarter of their calories from what they eat at school.