Alleviating financial and material hardships is not only vital to each person’s health and well-being, but also essential for combating the pandemic. Maintaining public and political will for extending social distancing measures and keeping people housed depend on easing financial pressure on people who have been forced to stop working or have otherwise lost income from jobs or businesses. As the United States continues to address both the public health crisis and the economic crisis, timely data like those available from this survey can help policymakers assess and improve relief efforts so that everyone can afford basic needs until the crisis lifts.
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