Through no fault of their own, 30 million Americans were laid off from their jobs and left with little to no choice but to go on unemployment. Many may soon face eviction, hunger, bankruptcy.
We all know the biggest harm caused by the COVID-19 outbreak was to public health. But the economic impact was also dramatic and will likely be felt for years to come. Layoffs, small business closures and the physical and mental cost of isolation have done untold damage to our families and communities.
It’s natural and understandable to want to offer support personally or through government resources to people who are struggling during this time — after all, our programs are called “the safety net” for a reason. They exist to serve the truly needy and catch them when they fall.