|COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit www.jtgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19 or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.|
The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.
How the coronavirus shutdown will affect school district revenues
April 9, 2020 – FamiliesAs state budgets are hit hard by the economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts will have to plan for a sharp decline in their budgets for the 2020-2021 school year. The recent federal stimulus package does include aid for K-12 students, but this support will likely be insufficient. Due to state funding formulas and layoff policies, the effects will be felt differently across the country. #covid-19 #education
How to reach students without internet access during coronavirus? Schools get creativeas in New Hampshire. #covid-19 #education #rural
Brookings: Farmers markets are vital during COVID-19, but they need more support
April 8, 2020 – GeneralFarmers markets can be key to helping low-income individuals access healthy food, but they need federal, state, and local commitment to allow them to remain open and safe as essential services amid the #COVID-19 pandemic, Brookings argues. In Maine, Governor Mills proclaimed Farmers Markets as essential businesses and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has released new Covid-related guidelines. #foodsecurity
Urban: Rental Assistance Can Improve Housing Security in Times of Economic Instability
April 8, 2020 – FamiliesDuring and following economic recessions, labor market instability leads to housing instability as income shocks and increased volatility in income cause missed rent payments. In this study, researchers examined the association between the receipt of housing assistance and changes in housing insecurity among renters in the Detroit metropolitan area in the wake of the Great Recession. #COVID-19 #housing
Urban: Seven Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Undermine Retirement Security
April 8, 2020 – SeniorsUrban Institute analyzes possible effects of the coronavirus outbreak on retirement savings, and offers possible solutions to policymakers. #COVID-19
Urban: What Do “Stay-at-Home” Orders Mean for Families in Unsafe or Unrepaired Homes?
Temporary SNAP Benefit Bump a No-Brainer for More Economic Stimulus
April 8, 2020 – FamiliesThe Center on Budget and Policy Priorities suggests that SNAP benefits are an effective economic stimulus that policymakers can use again during this economic crisis due to coronavirus. Not only does it support low-income families, but these families generally spend benefits soon after receipt, so the money flows into the economy quickly. The author recommends a 15 percent increase in the maximum SNAP allotment, which can be implemented right away. #covid-19 #foodsecurity
Parenting Through the Pandemic: Who's Working, Who's Caring for the Kids, and What Policies Might Help
April 8, 2020 – FamiliesTo help inform policy decisions that could help working parents affected by COVID-19, Rand examined the U.S. DOL's Current Population Survey (CPS) as well as the 2020 “CARES Act” and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The CPS data gave the Rand Corporation insight into what the childcare landscape looks like and the challenges faced by parents. #covid-19 #childcare
Brookings: Transformative placemaking amid COVID-19: Early stories from the field
April 7, 2020 – GeneralBass Center for Transformative Placemaking looks at how placemaking practitioners—from those managing public spaces in large cities to those supporting small businesses in rural communities—have adapted their work amid the coronavirus pandemic to meet residents’ immediate needs, while staying aligned with their mission of place-based inclusion and long-term well-being. #COVID-19
Center for Community College Research: Emerging Challenges the Coronavirus Poses for Community Colleges
April 7, 2020 – Older YouthCommunity colleges across the country are rapidly adapting to new circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and though campuses and state systems must make individual policy decisions, they face some common challenges. The Maine Community College System has encouraged continued education by providing short-term, free online health care training programs to recently laid-off residents. #COVID-19 #education
Most Americans on food stamps must shop at stores, risking coronavirus exposure
April 7, 2020 – FamiliesMost people receiving SNAP benefits are not able to use them for online shopping, and therefore must go to a store in person. Leaving the home puts these low-income folks at an increased risk for exposure to coronavirus. Despite logistical challenges, changing SNAP rules to allow for online and delivery options as some states have already done is a promising solution. #covid-19 #foodsecurity
COVID-19 Research Spotlight: Rural Places
April 7, 2020 – GeneralGiven the multitude of rural spaces in Maine, the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire has highlighted some of the most recent research on diagnoses, experiences, and implications of #COVID-19 in rural places, including Maine.