A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data from June 18 to July 21 reveals high hardship rates for children. Data from these five weeks were pooled together to improve the reliability of state-level estimates, given the more limited number of respondents to this timely survey. Nationally, the author found that over one in four children—nearly 19 million children—live in households that are behind on rent or mortgage payments, are not getting enough food to eat, or both. These rates are higher for households of color—42 percent for children in Black households and 36 percent for children in Latinx households. For Maine alone, an estimated 21 percent (+/- 4 percent) of children live in households that are behind on rent or mortgage payments and/or are not getting enough to eat. #covid-19 #racialequity #foodsecurity
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