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February 25, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia Leaders Put Out COVID Aid Wish List for Congress

WOWK - More money is likely coming from Washington, DC to the states for COVID-19 relief. Most everyone agrees that additional vaccines and testing supplies are badly needed – there are disputes over things such as unemployment extensions, and whether the benefit should be 300 or 600 dollars per week. And critics say only a…

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February 23, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
TANF Drug Use Screening Harmful to Low-Income West Virginians

In 2017, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) launched a three-year pilot program that screened drug use among recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Otherwise known as WV WORKS, TANF provides cash assistance for low-income families and helps with child care, skills training, and job searching. As the pilot…

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February 17, 2021 by WVCBP
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in West Virginia in 2020

Introduction The health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have had profound consequences for West Virginia families and communities, and structural and longstanding health and poverty challenges have been magnified. Before the crisis, West Virginia had the fourth highest poverty rate in the country and among the worst health outcomes and indicators. This made…

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February 5, 2021 by WVCBP
Pandemic Exposes Social Disparities Inside Appalachia

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated societal inequities. Read the full article. Black and Latino populations have suffered higher infection rates. People working low-income jobs are more likely to be considered essential — and therefore required to work in-person — while others have the luxury of working remotely. The…

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January 15, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
IWVP: Court Transparency, Vaccines and Advocating for Energy, Feeding Families

WOWK 13 News - On this week’s episode of Inside West Virginia Politics, our guests are here to talk about transparency in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, getting vaccines distributed to minority communities, the new Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia’s plans after two organizations merged and federal aid to feed families…

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January 14, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
IWVP: Funding to Feed Families During the Pandemic

WOWK 13 News - On Inside West Virginia Politics, Seth DiStefano with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy talks about the COVID-19 aid package. The recent package included funding for aid to child nutrition and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Watch the full interview here. DiStefano says in West Virginia, that…

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December 22, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Report: West Virginia Families Need Congress to Pass Stimulus

Public News Service - The new coronavirus stimulus bill will bring some food assistance to hungry Americans, and it couldn't come soon enough for West Virginia's families with children who aren't getting enough to eat during the pandemic. Read the full article. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found since March, 17% of families…

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November 22, 2020 by WVCBP
Local Families Struggling this Holiday Season

Beckley Register-Herald - Thanksgiving is a celebration of gratitude, an acknowledgment of the blessings and bounties bestowed on us throughout the year. Read the full article. Though 2020 has presented unimagined challenges, we at United Way are thankful for the community of southern West Virginia, a community that cares.

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