One month ago, we sent a letter along with 44 partner organizations to Gov. Ron DeSantis, urging for more action to strengthen our safety net programs to help families survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, we haven’t heard anything in response — and while the governor’s office and state departments have taken some steps in the right direction to expand access to basic needs, as outlined in an April 30th announcement from the governor, there is much more that should be done to help Floridians weather this crisis.
There are now over 2 million people in our state that have applied for unemployment benefits—one in five working people. This is more than the entire population of Broward County. Many will need safety net programs to avoid hunger, stay well, and make ends meet.