Reach Up: Ending Child Poverty is Within Our Reach
Reach Up is tasked with improving children’s well-being by providing for immediate basic needs. Partial funding has meant that the program has never met its objectives. We must do more to get families to the subsistence level of income, housing, health, and security by increasing Reach Up grants, and structuring the program to be restorative rather than punitive.
The Alliance supports Voices for Vermont’s Children in their request that the Legislature eliminates the “ratable reduction” that reduces the benefit by 50%; uses current cost of living to create a reasonable base grant; and prioritizes permanently affordable housing. We also support Voices’ request for an inquiry into the use of surveillance and sanctions in the program.
LEAD ORGANIZATION: Voices for Vermont’s Children
- 35% of children between the ages of 0 and 8 live below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), and 5% of children in VT live in extreme poverty.
- Children are 54% more likely than adults to live in poverty in the United States.