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Arise update: April 4, 2020

Like all of you, we're doing what we can to weather this crisis, and we have many concerns about the health and well-being of our families and communities. Arise executive director Robyn Hyden highlights some resources on our website that can help you navigate new SNAP and unemployment insurance benefits available for people who need [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus
Date
April 4, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
In the News

Federal changes made to SNAP due to coronavirus

New legislation suspended SNAP time limits and expanded food assistance for many families. But as Arise tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery, Congress still needs to increase overall benefits and block harmful proposals to limit SNAP access. Learn more from WSFA 12 News.
Date
April 3, 2020
Source
WSFA 12 News
Fact Sheet

Federal law strengthened SNAP amid COVID-19 pandemic, but benefit increase still needed

The economic meltdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has created an extraordinary demand for food assistance. State agencies are working overtime to figure out how to get food to hungry Alabamians while schools are closed, people are sheltering in place and the risk of infection is high. Applications for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
April 3, 2020
Author
Carol Gundlach
In the News

SNAP recipients to get additional benefits today

Families who participate in WIC have limited food options, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Read those little labels," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells Alabama Daily News. "And the main message is, be nice and don't hoard." Read more from Alabama Daily News.
Date
April 1, 2020
Source
Alabama Daily News
Fact Sheet

Unemployment insurance improvements, recovery rebates will help Alabamians hurt by COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented increase in unemployment insurance claims nationally. And the story is the same in Alabama, where 74,056 UI claims were filed in the week ending Saturday, March 28. That’s easily a record high since 1987, the earliest year for which weekly data is available for Alabama. The number of [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus
Date
April 1, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
In the News

Alabama’s one of the worst states for unemployment benefits; consequences may be devastating

In 2019, Alabama cut the maximum length of unemployment insurance benefits from 26 weeks to as few as 14. "It's really short-term thinking to not prepare for the next crisis when you have the ability to do it," Arise's Dev Wakeley tells AL.com. "We cut our ability to prepare for this just a year ago." [...]
Date
March 31, 2020
Source
AL.com
In the News

Gun sellers, payday lenders remain open in Alabama as ‘essential business’

Payday loans in Alabama carry interest rates of up to 456% APR. "A lot of people will be harmed" financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arise's Dev Wakeley tells The Anniston Star. "The last thing we need is for people to exacerbate that and make money off of it." Read more in The Anniston Star.
Date
March 31, 2020
Source
Anniston Star
In the News

A preventable cancer is on the rise in Alabama

Higher cervical cancer rates are a haunting example of the humanitarian toll of Alabama's failure to expand Medicaid. "When you actually talk to people about the [Affordable Care Act], it's very popular," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells The New Yorker. "But in general, people don't come into the room knowing about it. They've heard a partisan [...]
Date
March 30, 2020
Source
New Yorker
In the News

Alabama legal experts urge state to release vulnerable inmates amid COVID-19 outbreak

"When [the COVID-19 pandemic] gets into jails and prisons, it's going to kill people," Arise's Dev Wakeley tells Alabama Political Reporter. "It's absolutely impossible to follow CDC recommendations about distance." Read more from Alabama Political Reporter.
Date
March 30, 2020
Source
Alabama Political Reporter
In the News

Stimulus checks may help, but not cure lasting economic ailments from pandemic

Medicaid expansion is essential to keep Alabamians healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. "No one should be afraid to get life-saving medical care because they're afraid of going bankrupt," Arise's Chris Sanders tells The Anniston Star. Read more in The Anniston Star.
Date
March 27, 2020
Source
Anniston Star