Due to COVID-19 many families will be able to participate on Thanksgiving day. In a very real way these families will not have food to put on their tables, and the threat of hunger, unemployment, unpaid rent, mortgages, and medical bills will drown out the holiday joy this season is supposed to bring. During this month of remembrance, then, and on behalf of the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN), a coalition representing an array of religious denominations, service agencies, and faith-based organizations, we ask Congress to take responsibility and support suffering families by passing a robust COVID-19 relief package.
We believe a robust COVID-19 relief package should enact the following policy priorities:
- Increase SNAP by 15%
- Allocate more money for housing, homeless assistance, and extend the moratorium on evictions
- Extend expanded unemployment assistance
- Expand the EITC and Child Tax Credit
- Authorize another economic impact payment
- Authorize pandemic TANF