We are already starting to see the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Workers who were already living paycheck to paycheck – many of whom are women and people of color – have lost their livelihoods. Economists and lawmakers across the political spectrum agree that we need to immediately get a substantial amount of cash to the vast majority of families to limit their economic distress and boost our shrinking economy.

This resource, co-authored by NWLC and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, explains:

  • Why we need both targeted and widespread transfers to households;
  • Why transferring cash through the tax code would exclude key populations; and
  • How Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards can reach additional families efficiently in this crisis.