We put out a call for you to contact legislators urging them to include provisions for nonprofits in their COVID-19 stimulus relief, and it worked! The nearly $2 trillion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law March 27 provides measures to sustain businesses, including nonprofits, in this crisis. It also includes state and community funding to support children and families and the safety nets on which many of them rely. While details are being worked out for how these resources will be deployed at state and local levels, here is a rundown of some of what is included:

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: $900 million in grants to states to support immediate home energy assistance for low-income households.
  • Community Services Block Grant: $1 billion to help communities address challenges of unemployment and economic disruption.
  • Child Welfare Services: $45 million for grants to states to support the child welfare needs of families and to help keep families together. 
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services: $45 million to provide additional support to family violence shelters and $2 million in additional support for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Program: $25 million for additional immediate assistance to current programs providing critical services and housing for runaway and homeless youth.
  • Child Care and Development Block Grants: $3.5 billion for
    1. state, territory and tribal general revenue funds for child care assistance;
    2. financial support to child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures; and
    3. child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers and other workers deemed essential.
  • Head Start: $750 million for grants to all programs to help them respond to needs of children and families including making up for lost learning time.
  • Emergency Response Grants: $100 million in flexible funding to address mental health, substance use disorders, and provide resources and support to youth and the homeless.
  • Suicide Prevention: $50 million to provide increased support for those most in need of intervention.
  • Child Nutrition Programs: $8.8 billion to ensure children receive meals while school is not in session. National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program are included.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): $15.81 billion to provide additional funding for SNAP including $15.51 billion to cover anticipated increases in participation as a result of COVID-19.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program: $450 million for additional commodities, $150 million of which may be used to distribute emergency food assistance via community partners.
  • Community Development Block Grant: $5 billion for CDBG to provide communities and states with funding to provide a wide range of resources such as services for senior citizens, the homeless, and public health services and funds for community health facilities, childcare centers, and food banks.
  • Rental Assistance Protections for Low-Income Americans: $3 billion to support Public Housing Agencies to keep 3.2 million Section 8 voucher and public housing individuals and families housed.
  • Emergency Solutions Grants: $4 billion to address the impact of COVID-19 among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance. Eviction prevention activities including rapid rehousing, housing counseling, and rental deposit assistance to mitigate the adverse impacts on working families.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program: $200 million for shelter, food, and supportive services through local service organizations.

Thank you again for your hard work. We will keep you updated on ways you can continue to advocate for our children and families in the weeks to come!

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