FEBRUARY 25, 2022
“I honestly don’t know how I am going to get by”: Parents are grappling with the loss of the monthly Child Tax Credit
Low-income families are starting the new year in a desperate position. The monthly Child Tax Credit payments families had been receiving since July ended in December 2021, after the Build Back Better Bill stalled in Congress. And while the Child Tax Credit payments were being distributed, other benefits were declining dramatically. Since July 2021, the percentage of Providers users receiving unemployment assistance declined by 87%. States across the country, including Florida and Missouri, have ended all or some emergency SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “food stamps”) benefits. In addition, only 36% of Providers users–compared to 53% in August 2021– are currently receiving P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT), a program designed to replace free and reduced price school meals during the pandemic but that has become a lifeline for many families.
Here’s what we’ve heard from Providers users with children at the start of 2022.