We urge Congress to take action to enact legislation and push for federal agency action immediately to protect vulnerable populations.
March 20, 2020
The needs of the most vulnerable among us, including low-income, aging and disabled, Black and Brown, and undocumented communities, must be front and center in any federal relief effort enacted by Congress.
Today, The Shriver Center on Poverty Law sent Illinois Senators Richard J. Durbin and Tammie Duckworth a letter outlining our top policy strategies to protect communities likely to experience the harshest health, housing, court, justice system, and economic impacts from the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis.
Our clients live in predominately disinvested communities, long victim to discriminatory policies and practices that limited their opportunities and well-being even in the best of times. They are simply without the resources to weather this health and economic crisis alone, now and for the long term.
We urge Congress to take action to enact legislation and push for federal agency action immediately to protect vulnerable populations. Among other things, we urge:
Contact with the police or criminal legal system can threaten the economic stability for individuals as well as entire families.
Systemic inequities and the legacy of structural racism make it harder for low-income people and people of color to achieve financial stability.
Healthcare is a human right. The high cost of care means millions of families have no access to the critical care all human beings deserve.