How have pandemic relief programs helped people facing financial insecurity?

Sep 14, 2021
Early data from Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy show child poverty dropped after the first child tax credit payment in July.
Democrats want to keep pandemic relief programs like the child tax credit going.
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Childhood hunger declines as tax credit payments arrive

Aug 26, 2021
Expanded child tax payments have helped families — especially Black and Latinx households — struggling with food insecurity.
A person collects a box of food at a food distribution bank in Los Angeles in August 2020. Recent Census data shows a decrease in hunger and poverty for households with kids, especially among Black and Latinx households.
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Necessities top child tax credit spending

Aug 13, 2021
Payments to households with children have been made for the second month after a first round that cost $15 billion.
Most parents who received a child tax credit used it on necessities, like groceries, utilities or school supplies.
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Glitches mark launch of child tax credit payments

Jul 26, 2021
Trying to opt out is a pain, some parents say.
The overworked IRS is grappling with the disbursement of child tax credit payments, reporter Chabeli Carrazana says.
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Child tax credit payments begin, aiding families with basic expenses

Jul 15, 2021
A researcher says many rural families who didn't qualify for child tax credits in the past will receive the funds now.
Many families are likely to use part of their child tax credit payments on school supplies.
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With child tax credit payments coming, FDIC wants more people to use banks

Jul 14, 2021
A disproportionate number of Black and Latinx Americans don’t have bank accounts. Studies show they could be losing money.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is trying to reduce the proportion of Americans who lack accounts, leaving many to pay check-cashing fees.
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The child tax credit is a first shot at stability for some families

Jul 13, 2021
The monthly payments can lead to small changes that have long-term effects, experts say.
The upcoming child tax credit payments could give some families a chance to invest in their kids' futures.
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Back-to-school shopping makes a comeback

Jul 5, 2021
The expanded federal child tax credit could help many parents foot the bill for supplies.
Family shopping-for-school budgets are likely to get a boost from the recently expanded federal child tax credit.
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The expanded child tax credit could "cut poverty in half"

Jun 28, 2021
Starting July 15, most parents will get monthly payments for half of the tax credit instead of a lump sum at tax time.
More parents will be eligible for the child tax credit this year. Above, a mother and daughter stand outside of a community food pantry in New York.
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Women are still having to choose between a job and child care

Mar 9, 2021
The American Rescue Plan includes a monthly child tax credit, but it's not enough to pay for full-time child care in most states.
Women's participation in the workforce is at a record low. Unaffordable child care and pay inequity are some of the reasons why.
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