State and Local Community Based Organizations: Call On Congress to Make the Child Tax Credit Expansions Permanent - MUST ACT TODAY

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides historic relief to families in the form of monthly payments to help with the cost of raising children. The American Rescue Plan increased the total annual Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six and raised the age limit from 16 to 17. ALL families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent. Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief, including those who are not required to file taxes.

However, these expansions expire at the end of the year.

As state and local community-based organizations, you know how important these resources are for children and families. Now that we have lifted families up, we cannot let them down. We must call on the Biden Administration and Congress to make the CTC expansions permanent in the upcoming legislation.

ACTION: To show your support and let the Biden Administration and Congress know the importance of making these expansions permanent for children and families, please read the letter below and sign on.

More Information and Sign On Letter

Thank you to our member, Westchester Children's Association, for bringing this advocacy initiative from the Center for the Study of Social Policy to our attention. 

New York State Excluded Workers Fund

New York State created the first-in-the-nation $2.1 Billion Excluded Workers Fund to provide direct cash assistance to workers ineligible for state unemployment benefits or federal COVID-related income relief.

However, the Cuomo administration has established regulations to access this fund that place significant barriers before the workers who urgently need these funds.

The Fund for Excluded Workers Coalition has explained that there is not a clear path to victory to overturning the regulations and there are significant risks, including delaying the program’s expected start date. The clearest path forward is pushing the Cuomo administration to exercise its fullest discretion to ensure the fund is accessible to all excluded workers.

ACTION: Send an email to Westchester legislators who supported the Fund for Excluded Workers, asking them to contact the Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon to ask for a meeting to address these concerns and urging the DOL to exercise discretion and to apply the broadest interpretation of the regulations and exercise discretion.

Sample Letters and Key Legislator Contacts
New York State Application and Excluded Workers Fund Information
Local Agencies Offering Assistance

Thank you to our colleagues at the Westchester Women’s Agenda for fighting for this fund and bring this current issue to our attention.

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