Advocates turned out at a budget hearing today to oppose a $1.65 million budget cut targeting families on Reach Up who have household member with a disability.
Only four years later, it seems we are ignoring some of the important lessons we learned from the Vermont Child Poverty Council’s work. Perhaps most troubling is that we have forgotten that stigma hurts.
For the last 18 years, I raised my children for under $23,000 a year. I’ve shuttled between many different social services, including Reach Up, to sustain my family. I’ve worked up to three jobs at once, yet still continued to live in poverty.
According to a “misery index,” computed each year by the advocacy group, Legal Momentum, Vermont does a better job than most states at drawing on federal welfare dollars to support poor families. Advocates are pointing to the strong score as another argument for keeping the Reach Up program intact. States receive a fixed grant from […]