As a partnering member of the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, CWLA joins child advocates dedicated to ending child poverty, stands opposed to a recent proposal being explored by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to enact a new poverty calculation that would underestimate the number of children living in poverty and result in millions of children losing access to resources that support their healthy child development.

This would impact low-income individuals and families by lowering the income eligibility standards of federal programs restricting access to programs such as SNAP and Medicaid and as a result limiting the effectiveness in reducing poverty and deep poverty. The National Academies report, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, which looks at reducing child poverty in the United States in half within 10 years that finds that many programs alleviate poverty and improves children well-being. This action by the Administration could disproportionately affect children who disproportionately experience poverty and access SNAP, Medicaid and other programs.

Comments are due by June 21 and the Coalition on Human Needs created an easy step-by-step guide to help individuals and organizations respond to the proposed changes.