KACAP Recommends

The numbers are in, and because of the impacts of Sequestration:

  • 70,000 FEWER families will receive Housing Assistance
  • 300,000 Poor Families will be cut from the roster of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • 57,000 children will NOT have a chair, crib, or space in their local Head Start program. 
  • And sequestration will only get worse in 2014. 

Thousands of communities that will NOT benefit from the strength of these households untapped potential. There were dozens of reaction and policy statements, but KACAP recommends the one that clearly put the lives of children in the context of the world they will grow up in, and reminds us of the Promise of Community Action: 

From Fareed Zakaria op-ed for the Washington Post, "In any event, what’s apparent is that countries — and most parts of the United States — that invest heavily in all their children’s health care, nutrition and education end up with a much stronger ladder of opportunity and access." 

Sequestration is yet another result of the lagging economy brought on by the Great Recession. The Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality and the Coalition on Human needs have both collate a website of resources and research to help understand economic trends of the last 6 years and the direct impact of the Sequester on people like you and me. KACAP recommends you visit Recession Trends and Impact Updates, respectively. 

Kansans pay taxes and expect something back in return. Like health care and financial security.
A report from the University of Michigan National Poverty Center reads, "The annual receipt of large tax refunds, primarily due to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), provides families with an unusual opportunity to save and build assets... fueled by the expectation of ongoing annual tax refunds." 

The EITC is an excellent poverty deterrent. Learn more about this research HERE. Or, see YOUR state's EITC participation rate HERE.

And this data is sinking in at every level. President Obama recently urged for an expansion of this important effort, and Paul Ryan recently praised the effectiveness of the EITC as well. But it is important to remember that ONE tax credit does not an ENTIRE safety net make.