NJHSA Urges Passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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March 18, 2020

The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies stands united in full support of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the stimulus package proposed by the US House of Representatives and urges the House and Senate to pass this timely and critical legislation and move it forward to the President for immediate action.

The global pandemic of COVID-19 is unprecedented and its implications for the economy, the health care system and the human service sector are staggering.   As Jewish human service providers, the member agencies of NJHSA work each day to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable among our communities. Guided by Jewish values of caring for those in need, our agencies do so in partnership with critical resources supported by government and the corporate and philanthropic sectors. The core elements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act address the critical needs of ensuring paid sick leave, emergency paid leave benefits, emergency funding for unemployment insurance benefits, support for family and child nutrition programs, and investments in Medicaid and as such ensure an essential safety net is in place for those most at risk.