Tag: 2021

Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday

By Associated Press

Read the full article from The Grio, here.

The Biden administration on Thursday announced it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled it could only be extended until the end of the month.

The White House said President Joe Biden would have liked to have extended the federal eviction moratorium due to spread of the delta variant. Instead, Biden called on “Congress to extend the eviction moratorium to protect such vulnerable renters and their families without delay.”

The Delta variant is a ‘serious threat’ as contagious as chickenpox, the C.D.C. finds

By Apoorva Mandavilli

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the agency, acknowledged on Tuesday that vaccinated people with so-called breakthrough infections of the Delta variant carry just as much virus in the nose and throat as unvaccinated people, and may spread it just as readily, if less often.

But the internal document lays out a broader and even grimmer view of the variant.

The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox, according to the document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.

Covid variant muddles return-to-office outlook

By News Business Reporter

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

But the course the virus takes will determine how those back-to-the-office plans shape up.

The next month’s data on the delta variant, as well as guidance from state and local health officials, “will be critical to the finalization of our return to office plans, including on-site logistics,” she said.

“We know how quickly the data can change, and we are prepared to pivot our plans if necessary to ensure that our employees are safe and healthy so they can continue serving our members,” Hartmann added.

Poloncarz: Indoor mask mandates could return this week

By News Staff Reporter

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said today he believes a mask mandate for indoor gatherings in Erie County could be coming as soon as the end of this week because of the rise in Covid-19 cases.

“We will have an indoor mask requirement again, possibly by the end of the week,” Poloncarz said Wednesday during an Erie County Industrial Development Agency meeting.

Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty

By Jason DeParle

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

The number of poor Americans is expected to fall by nearly 20 million from 2018 levels, a decline of almost 45 percent. The country has never cut poverty so much in such a short period of time, and the development is especially notable since it defies economic headwinds — the economy has nearly seven million fewer jobs than it did before the pandemic.

The extraordinary reduction in poverty has come at extraordinary cost, with annual spending on major programs projected to rise fourfold to more than $1 trillion. Yet without further expensive new measures, millions of families may find the escape from poverty brief. The three programs that cut poverty most — stimulus checks, increased food stamps and expanded unemployment insurance — have ended or are scheduled to soon revert to their prepandemic size.

Food programs helped fight hunger during the pandemic. But will they last?

By Phil McCausland

Read the full article from NBC News, here.

Advocates and experts have particularly celebrated the 15 percent increase in maximum funding for people receiving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit, or SNAP, commonly called food stamps. Once fearful that conservatives and the Trump administration would add work requirements to the benefit, they now warn that the padded benefit is scheduled to expire at the end of September and are pushing to make it permanent.

Many consider SNAP to be the backbone of the fight to address hunger in the U.S. but complain about the formula that calculates the amount of money hungry Americans get, especially with rising food costs and needs.

Without the expansion, the national average of the SNAP benefit per meal came to $1.97, even though the average meal cost was around $2.41, according to an analysis released this week by the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy think tank. SNAP’s maximum benefit last year without the expansion passed by Congress came up short of low-income meal costs in 96 percent of U.S. counties.