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. Sadly, the U.S. Senate has missed deadline after deadline to give hungry families and our state economies a similar helping hand in our current crisis. The U.S. Senate should immediately offer an across the board 15% increase in SNAP allotments for qualified families.
Any federal aid must include vital housing and nutrition access support.
Winter Utility Disconnection Moratorium Needed: Empower Missouri has convened a Utility Disconnection Prevention Working Group since late October. On December 7, Consumers Council of Missouri filed a motion to secure an emergency order with a moratorium through March 31, and many organizations sent letters of support, including Empower Missouri. Utility service is an essential part of housing security, and sheltering in place and access to water for hygiene reduces coronavirus transmission according to research from Duke University that is linked below.
Below, hear our radio announcements provided through a generous Quick Response Grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.