September 24, 2021
An Open Letter to our Senators and Members of Congress:
While the American Rescue Plan has provided much-needed relief to Hoosiers, those measures were only temporary. More must be done to ensure we can build back better over the long term without leaving anyone behind.
We can’t just accept a return to normal as a victory. For too many families in Indiana, a return to normal means a return to housing instability, hunger, and overdue bills. We have the opportunity to implement long-term solutions that help families become economically secure; ensure millions of kids don’t grow up in poverty and have stable homes and enough to eat; offer health coverage to millions of people who don’t have it; and narrow racial inequities. To seize this opportunity, we ask you, our Members of Congress and Senators, to ensure the upcoming recovery legislation helps Hoosiers by extending the expanded Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, making robust investments in workforce training, and increasing funding for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Congress has been able to provide temporary relief to children, seniors, and families, but now we ask you to go further by supporting and quickly passing recovery legislation that builds back better.
Emily Weikert Bryant
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry
Institute for Working Families
And the following organizations:
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
United Way of Marshall County Inc.
United Way of Bartholomew County
United Northeast Community Development Corporation
Tri-State Food Bank
Thrive West Central
The Learn More Center
The Arc of Indiana
St. Vincent de Paul Indianapolis
Southeast Community Services
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc.
Northwest Indiana Community Action
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
MCCOY (Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc.)
Marshall County Community Foundation
Lincoln Hills Development Corporation
LifeTime Resources, Inc.
Labor Institute for Training, Inc.
John Boner Neighborhood Centers
Interlocal Community Action Program, Inc.
Indy Hunger Network
Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
Indiana State AFL-CIO
Indiana Public Health Association
Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network
Indiana Family Health Council
Indiana Community Action Association
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Immigrant Welcome Center
Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Inc.
Food Bank of Northern Indiana
First Things First Porter County
Faith in Indiana
Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc.
Eastern Indiana Works (d/b/a Alliance for Strategic Growth)
Covering Kids & Families of Indiana
Community Harvest Food Bank of NE Indiana, Inc
Community Foundation of Wabash County
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
Church Community Services
Child Care Answers
CAP, Inc. of Western Indiana