Danielle Jones is a clinical mental health counselor and host of the podcast "MomMe Timeout"
Something to Think About
Rochester mom Danielle Jones grew up in poverty and shared what that was like last month at our Child Poverty Town Hall.
"I'm pretty sure my mom thought she was doing her best, that she was shielding us from that, that she was hiding it from us. But you can't hide lights being turned off. You can't hide watching your mom not eat while you and your sister sit at the table. So I knew what was going on."
1 out of 5 New York children are living in poverty right now. In Rochester it's 1 out of 2 children. That doesn't even count the families who struggle to make ends meet but are above the federal poverty line.
The current federal poverty line is
$24,860/year for a family of 3.
Assemblymember Harry Bronson at our Child Poverty Town Hall on why people live in poverty
What Needs to Change
Child poverty is not a personal choice. It's a policy choice. One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to lift children out of poverty is through child tax credits. We know from the temporary expansion of the federal child tax credit in 2021 that parents spend their credits on things like food, housing, child care and education.
In New York, we are asking the Governor to increase the Empire State Child Credit from $300 to $1,000 in her Executive budget proposal and to ensure that families with the lowest incomes receive the full credit.
Send a letter to the Governor calling on her to increase the Empire State Child Credit. It's easy to do and only takes a couple of minutes. Send your letter by going here.
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