On Monday, July 27, the Senate released its version of the fourth major COVID-19 Relief Package, known as the HEALS Act, after waiting to vote on the HEROES Act for over two months. Now, because Congress failed to act with necessary urgency, federal support programs that were created to help keep millions of Americans afloat—including the $600 per week pandemic unemployment insurance for nearly 1.6 million New Yorkers that lost their jobs since March, federal eviction moratorium andexpansion—are expiring.
Even before this crisis, over 1.5 million New Yorkers relied on theto help get food for themselves and their families, and since COVID-19, nearly 1.6 million New Yorkers have lost work and income. With rates expected to surge nearly 40% in New York City this year, millions of New Yorkers won’t know where their next meal is coming from or if they will have to sacrifice eating to afford rent and other expenses.
In order for our economy to rebound and for communities to build resiliency during and after the Pandemic, our leaders in Washington must put the needs of hungry families first. The Senate must follow the House’s lead and pass a comprehensive recovery bill the reflects the critical provisions in the HEROES Act to ensure no New Yorker will go hungry during this crisis.