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COVID-19 crisis makes food stamp crisis more dire | Editorial

When Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, it increased the amount of money for food stamps. But the USDA narrowly interpreted that change, and while increasing more families’ benefits to the maximum allowed, it did not increase the benefits for those already getting the maximum. That effectively left 40% of recipients at the same level. From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)

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Black artists already had less access to resources. An emergency fund aims to get them through the pandemic.

The Emergency Gap Fund is a grant program launched by the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia to help black working artists in Philadelphia who were disproportionately impacted by shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic and, on average, have fewer resources and less generational wealth to fall back on. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)

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I was denied unemployment. What can I do?

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has denied unemployment benefits to about 20% of the 1.6 million new applicants since the coronavirus lockdown began in mid-March. If this includes you, advocates say the first thing is to make sure you filled out the application forms completely and accurately. Any errors can derail your application. Here’s what else you need to know. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)

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Law protecting Philadelphia domestic workers takes effect as they’re losing jobs in droves

Philadelphia’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a law aimed at protecting the city’s 16,000 nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, takes effect Friday, in the middle of a pandemic that’s left a huge portion of these workers — mostly women of color, many undocumented immigrants — jobless and unable to qualify for federal assistance. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)