Trump Tweet Halts Passage of HEROES Act

Today, President Trump tweeted that he has rejected the House Democrats “request,” referring to the latest edition of the HEROES Act, an economic stimulus package to protect and help people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said no further negotiations will take place until after the election.

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made the following statement:

It’s not shocking to see this, but it’s still infuriating that we’ve got a president who so transparently cares first about himself and his election results, and last about millions of Americans who have lost jobs and incomes and are worried about losing their homes and putting food on the table. So many small and minority businesses across the country are teetering on the edge. 

“Despite efforts by the House to scale back their economic relief and recovery package in order to reach a long overdue deal with Trump and Senate Republicans, the president’s announcement today just points to how they have failed to meet the scale of the challenge facing the country. So many Americans are facing layoffs, permanent job losses, can’t pay rents or meet other critical household needs. 

“We’re in a historic health and financial crisis, and the president and Senate Republicans have turned their backs on people who need help now.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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