Vast Federal Aid Has Capped Rise in Poverty, Studies Find

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Jason DeParle
New York Times (NYT)
June 21, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Hunger, Unemployment Insurance


Evidence suggests that the programs Congress hastily authorized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have done much to protect the needy, a finding likely to shape the debate over next steps at a time when 13.3 percent of Americans remain unemployed. But researchers caution this does not mean low-income families are escaping hardship. And they warn that when the aid expires next month, families could again be vulnerable.