For Empower Missouri’s work to make a significant impact we need you! Your voice can drive change in Missouri. You can help Empower Missouri push for local, state and federal policy reforms by getting involved and taking action. Here’s how you can make your voice heard.
Without reliable treatment and a vaccine, we’ve been told to stay home to fight COVID-19. Yet thousands of Missouri families are facing food and housing insecurity as a result of a job loss, cut hours, or extended illness in the face of this global pandemic.
People need stable housing: We must provide housing security for every person with a low income in Missouri. The National Low Income Housing Coalition says $100 Billion dollars will keep every household with low income in the United States stably housed for 12 months. Our national lawmakers must include housing security in the coming federal relief package.
Food is essential for Missouri’s health: Missouri parents are struggling to provide enough food to feed their families. An April survey showed that two of every five households with children under twelve do not have enough food for all members to have enough to eat. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed as a safety net and food extender, but not to provide a family’s entire food budget. Yet during these difficult economic times, often their SNAP allotment is the only way to put food on the table.
During the Great Recession of 2008, raising SNAP benefits proved to be a successful way to help families survive and stimulate local economies. With the Senate poised to pass another COVID-19 relief package by the end of August, we ask the Senate to include an across the board 15% increase in SNAP allotments for qualified families.
Any federal aid must include vital housing and nutrition access support.
For more information on the impact of COVID-19 to Missouri’s health, economy, and family security, see the fact sheet from the Coalition on Human Needs and Empower Missouri at this link.