June 29, 2021 -
Those hardest hit by the pandemic were those who could least afford it: people earning lower salaries.
This is probably of little surprise, but some of the national survey data we accessed paints a troubling portrait for those earning low incomes. In April, more than a year into the pandemic:
People of color were disproportionally affected, too:
Our 211 Helpline received nearly 21,000 calls from Jan. 1 to May 31. That is almost 5,000 more than during the same period of 2020. The main reason people called was for help with housing. The second most frequent reason was income support/assistance.
I relay these numbers to communicate that even as the health effects of the pandemic subside, the economic effects still rage. As an organization committed to the financial well-being of all families in our community, we have much work to do. When families thrive, our community thrives.
We continue our recovery and revitalization efforts. We will be intentional in supporting equitable recovery and addressing current gaps so all families buffer future setbacks on their own.
Please join us on this journey! Your support enables us to impact our community in great ways.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati