Here’s what should be in Congress’ Covid-19 relief bill

The following should be included in the Covid-19 economic stimulus bill:

Expressly provide charitable nonprofits with $60 billion in any emergency funding.

Create a robust universal charitable deduction and allow post-March 1, 2020, donations to be claimed on 2019 and future tax returns.

Ensure all nonprofits qualify for new small business loans and remove the Medicaid exclusion and 500-employee caps. Remove the cap on the number of employees and the language excluding nonprofits from receiving Medicaid reimbursements.

Increase funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program from the existing FY 2020 $125 million to $250 million to help people experiencing dire poverty

Temporarily increase the maximum SNAP (food stamps) benefit by 15 percent to respond to increased demand for food assistance.

Increase funding to prevent further homelessness. Provide an additional $15 billion for McKinney-Vento Emergency Solutions Grants and $5 billion for short-term rental assistance, like the Disaster Housing Assistance Program.

Patty Repikoff

Shoreline

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