Federal action is urgently needed to help California families keep food on their tables, maintain stable housing and access health care services.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately devastate California’s Latinx, Black, Pacific Islander, and immigrant children and families, while these very communities shoulder the front-line work keeping our state’s economy running. For example, in L.A. County, Pacific Islanders suffer the highest infection rate of any racial or ethnic group at more than 2,500 cases per 100,000 residents, six times higher than for white people. At the state level, among children, Latinx children make up 2 in 3 cases, despite making up less than half of the state’s population of children.
Our children deserve to see our country care for every member of our society by valuing and supporting them through this unprecedented crisis. Without federal support, trigger cuts to health and safety-net programs could be back on the table.
We partnered with the Coalition on Human Needs to highlight alarming inequities that California children and families are facing including housing instability, food insecurity, income losses, and access to health care.