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Community health centers in Massachusetts will see an infusion of $36.5 million statewide, with several key facilities in Dorchester and Mattapan included in the funding awards through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under CARES Act.
Boston community health centers that will receive funding include:
Rep. Ayanna Pressley is leading a call by the Congressional Black Caucus demanding the next coronavirus relief package require federal authorities to collect and report race-specific data.
Pressley told WBUR that she and Rep. Robin Kelly, of Illinois, made the ask in a letter to Democratic leadership Tuesday.
Just as the new coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, gym members in New York City frantically called the fitness center where Rahmell Peebles worked, asking him to freeze their memberships.
Peebles, a 30-year-old black man who’s skeptical of what he hears from the news media and government, initially didn’t see the need for alarm over the virus.
There was no joking this week as the COVID-19 crisis moves toward what will likely be an unimaginable apex -- and lawmakers are already looking ahead to the next emergency legislation to help America weather the viral storm.
Lawmakers Already Listing Relief Measures For The Next Bill
It has been said that when white Americans catch a cold, black Americans get the flu. And several lawmakers are concerned that there isn’t enough data showing what they believe to be true: that people of color and those from low-income communities could be disproportionately harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.
With direct cash aid to many Americans and expanded unemployment benefits set to start flowing as soon as next week, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation said Wednesday that they are already planning the next round of federal relief.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, 46, is a first-term Democratic congresswoman from Massachusetts. She previously served on the Boston City Council. Earlier in her career, she was a congressional staffer, first for Rep. Joe Kennedy, then for Sen. John Kerry.
Parents across the Commonwealth face a painful economic bind: their children are at home, but the child care check is still due. COVID-19 has (rightfully) forced the closure of child care centers across Massachusetts. In doing so, it has forced a profound reckoning about the state of the American child care system.
House Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are proposing to cancel student debt with new legislation aimed at helping borrowers adversely affected by the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) introduced legislation Monday that would provide emergency grants to help the homeless and those who work with them to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.