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The infrastructure of childhood is important, including the safe places to play. The COVID-19 crisis brings to light this need that is often overlooked. As leaders at all levels of government and civil society consider how to stem the impact of COVID-19 with equity in mind, expanding access to play so that all kids can have an opportunity to live healthy, vibrant childhoods must be a priority. KABOOM! is partnering with BCPSS to do an analysis of playspace condition across the school system, to target investments toward schools with the greatest infrastructure needs.
The state of Hawaii is in need of a comprehensive approach to helping Hawai'i families and supporting Hawai'i farmers during the time of COVID-19. This report proposes that through the CARES Act funding, Hawaii should spend $40 million on immediate needs between now and the end of 2020 that will set the stage for future food system resilience efforts in years to come. The report details out different types of food assistance programs, the amount needed for these, and what the food assistance programs would provide.
America's small businesses are facing an existential crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has closed shops and offices across the nation, with dire economic consequences. And the local governments and nonprofit organizations that support small businesses are on the front lines of this crisis. In this document, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance outlines three major tasks at hand for community leaders in their efforts to support local businesses. These tasks include providing quick relief to keep businesses afloat, helping businesses adapt and pivot, and lastly, fixing systemic problems that the pandemic has laid bare.
This collaborative document outlines various pandemic responses to support public health and economic recovery today. In addition to this, the document outlines the categories, methods, key points, and examples for each pandemic response.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the art and music industry in Huntsville have been particularly hard hit. Loss of gigs, gallery showings, venue closures and recording studio shutdowns have resulted in significant financial strain on Huntsville artists. This document offers both local and global guides for Economic and Community Support, all focused on improving the music and arts industry.
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, large portions of the world’s workforce shifted to homeworking, joining hundreds of millions of other workers who had already been working from home for decades. Given the continued struggle to improve the rights and working conditions of those who work at home and the renewed interest in working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this report seeks to improve understanding of home work and to advance guidance on policies that can pave the way to decent work for homeworkers both old and new.
President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan, includes a significant expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The proposal provides a $125 billion boost in funding for the program, which would double the size of the existing federal credit for households with children. This infographic explains the benefits of this expansion and their potential impact on different racial and income groups.
This report describes characteristics of LGBT adults in California in relation to their vulnerability to economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings of the report show that about 612,000 LGBT Californians were living below 200% of the federal poverty level prior to the pandemic; among these people, poverty was especially concentrated among young people and people of color. In addition, many LGBT Californians rent their homes, have experienced food insecurity, and are employed in industries that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Thus, efforts to monitor the economic impact of COVID-19 on Californians must include a focus on vulnerable populations, including LGBT adults.
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current social-distancing guides—and to save money and improve customer service when restrictions are no longer in place. This report identifies both do-it-yourself (DIY) and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software solutions to reduce paper using low or no cost, commonly available technologies.
The devastating effect of COVID-19 on state and local budgets is exposing state and local tax structures as inadequate, inequitable, and outdated. In response, states should focus first on generating needed revenue through tax increases on households, businesses, and sectors of the economy that continue to have high incomes, profits, and activity even during these troubled times. For states facing catastrophic revenue declines, asking more of taxpayers with a clear ability to pay is far preferable to cutting state budgets, which would lead to mass layoffs, steep cuts in public services, and a downward spiral in the economy.