November 20, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the lives of children and families, as low-income households and communities of color have faced disproportionate rates of illness and death, loss of income, heightened housing insecurity, and more. These unprecedented challenges have not only exacerbated existing inequities but have drawn attention to long unaddressed needs and barriers to well-being rooted in structural racism and systemic discrimination, with particularly negative impact wrought on women of color and immigrant households.
CCC’s new analysis of the Household Pulse Survey — a snapshot survey introduced by the Census Bureau to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on households across the country — illustrates the ways in which New York’s families have experienced the deepest impact from the COVID-19 economic recession, and how recovery is failing to reach the most impacted households. New York’s government leaders must act with urgency to address the needs of children, families and communities hardest hit by the pandemic, not only to promote family and child well-being but to avoid repercussions that will be profound, long-lasting, and unacceptably costly in both human and socio-economic terms.
Considering the findings in this analysis, CCC is calling on City and State leaders to protect and expand supports that lift incomes, support parents and caretakers in returning to and sustaining work, and keep families housed.
Download the complete analysis to learn more about CCC’s findings and recommendations.