Letter to the editor: Help the needy
To the editor:
As Kansans who believe the fight to end poverty is important, we believe that Congress must ensure that any future emergency spending package includes resources to help people experiencing housing and food insecurity. We are extremely grateful that Congress has passed emergency legislation to help people experiencing some form of instability during this pandemic. However, the pandemic is far from over, and more action is needed.
In the next coronavirus response bill, we would like to see Congress prioritize emergency assistance for renters and those at risk of eviction, plus more funding for SNAP.
Kansas has set a great example for other states and the whole country by implementing a moratorium on eviction and foreclosures. We urge Congress to enact a national moratorium to help renters and homeowners remain stable during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
There needs to be a boost in funding for SNAP as well. Resources have been scarce during this pandemic; SNAP has become more vital during these times. People experiencing poverty find it harder to gain access to necessary resources to survive. There is already a lack of funding for SNAP and if there is a future CARES Act, Congress needs to provide better access to basic necessities.
We are thankful that Congress has taken action, and we hope to see Kansas members of Congress emphasize the need for more assistance for housing and food. We hope to see Kansas continue to be leaders of the nation by initiating steps to save lives.
and Matthew Mohan,