[Hpn] ACORN Advocates Economic Stimulus to Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Americans (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Thu, 18 Oct 2001 12:10:33 -0700 (PDT)

http://www.commondreams.org/news2001/1012-03.htm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 12, 2001 3:30 PM CONTACT: ACORN - Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now http://www.acorn.org David Swanson 202-547-2500 ACORN ADVOCATES ECONOMIC STIMULUS TO BENEFIT LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME AMERICANS WASHINGTON - October 12 - On Monday, Oct. 15, members of ACORN in cities around the country will promote an economic stimulus package designed to assist those most effected by an economic downturn: low- and moderate-income Americans. "To stimulate the economy, what we need to do is get money into the hands of those most likely to spend it and those hit hardest by a recession, namely low- and moderate-income Americans," said Maude Hurd, national president of ACORN. "Even prior to this economic slowdown, jobs and wages were not keeping up with the costs of housing, energy, and health care. Now families' financial situations have become desperate. ACORN is asking Congress and the President to listen to some voices from outside the Beltway." Low-wage workers are typically the first to be laid off and the last to be rehired. Unemployment benefits are reaching only a small portion of those laid off. Many economists believe the most effective stimulus would be one heavily directed to lower income families. ACORN Calls on the President and Congress to Include the Following Measures in a Stimulus Package: Unemployment Insurance: Eligibility rules should be reformed in order to reach more than the 39 percent of unemployed workers who currently qualify, to count workers' most recent earning period in calculating benefits, and to provide extended benefits beyond the initial 26-week period. Housing: Congress should implement a foreclosure/eviction prevention plan and provide $5 billion in immediate funds for the HOME Investment Program to build more affordable housing and create jobs. Energy: The Bush Administration should stop holding up the release of $300 million in emergency funds that Congress appropriated for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Congress should provide additional funding for this winter. Health Care: Congress should expand Medicaid to provide coverage for unemployed workers. Minimum Wage: Congress should immediately pass a $1.50 increase in the federal minimum wage. Tax Cuts: Any tax cuts should go to those who did not benefit from the rebates earlier this year. Those rebates and the child tax credit should be extended to all Americans. For a copy of ACORN's proposal, please contact David Swanson at 202-547-2500 or link to http://www.acorn.org/acorn10/otheracornwork/reports.htm. To speak with members of ACORN regarding this proposal, contact David Swanson at 202-547-2500. Additional contacts: Chris Saffert 202-547-2500, Lisa Donner 718-246-7900. ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 100,000 member families organized into 500 neighborhood chapters in 40 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to our members. Our priorities include: better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools. We achieve these goals by building community organizations that have the power to win changes -- through direct action, negotiation, legislation, and voter participation. ACORN's Web site is at http://www.acorn.org Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! EMAIL Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***************************************************************