COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

Op-Ed (Virginia)

COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

March 19, 2020 | Angela Ciolfi | Virginia Mercury
Poverty is not caused by poor people; it’s caused by system failure, discrimination and intentional exploitation. And our response to COVID-19 proves that it does not have to be this way. Together, we can create systems built to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color do not repeatedly bear the brunt of acts of nature like the coronavirus, or the human-made acts of inequitable laws and policies. We can make systems that work for low-income communities and communities of color all the time, not just during a crisis.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Debt Collection | Education | Employment | Housing: Eviction | Immigration

Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts

News Story (California, NATIONAL, New York, Washington)

Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts

March 15, 2020 | Emma Cueto | Law360
As the entire legal industry continues reacting to the spread of COVID-19, the legal aid community is bracing for its expected impact on their services for underserved communities. And in some parts of the country, providers are already weathering the effects. This article looks at how some providers across the country are preparing.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction