April 4, 2022

Keeping a Finger on the Pulse: COVID-19's Lingering Effects on Florida Families


Florida families are continuing to experience hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Florida Policy Institute (FPI) report that highlights data from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey as analyzed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

FPI highlights the following survey data, which was collected in January and February 2022, from adult respondents who live in households with children:

  • Twenty percent reported having lost income in the four weeks preceding the date of the survey. When examined by race and ethnicity, 28 percent of Black adults, 27 percent of Hispanic adults, and 13 percent of non-Hispanic white households reported such a loss of income.
  • Twenty-three percent reported little or no confidence in their ability to pay their next rent or mortgage payment. This includes 38 percent of Black families, 26 percent of Hispanic families, and 17 percent of non-Hispanic white families.
  • Nearly one in three reported “feeling anxious, nervous or on edge for more than half the days in the preceding week.” 
  • Twelve percent reported having no health insurance.
  • Fourteen percent reported that there “sometimes or often” was not enough to eat in preceding week.

To mitigate this hardship and equitably improve child well-being so that all of Florida’s children thrive, FPI recommends:

  • Making the American Rescue Plan Act’s expanded Child Tax Credit permanent and expanding access to child care and universal pre-K; 
  • Making the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer permanent nationwide and reauthorizing the Child Nutrition and WIC Programs to continue to support child nutrition;
  • Extending the recertification period for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from six months to 12 months;
  • Expanding Medicaid, which would close the health care coverage gap for over 400,000 Floridians who are uninsured; and
  • Expanding access to behavioral health care.

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