NORTH-CENTRAL, W.Va (WDTV) – Local lawyer groups are calling for stronger federal relief from the upcoming covido-19 bill.
According to the Labor Department, 70,000 filed for unemployment benefits earlier this month, West Virginia lawyer groups came together to discuss the need for the next state aid package.
Lawmakers are negotiating a new round of incentives this week, those 70,000 West Virginia are in need of unemployment benefits. West Virginia supporters are taking sides.
Car payments, mortgage payments and rental fees all the concerns of West Virginia supporters.
Gary Zuckett of the West Virginia Citizen Action Center hopes that the new federal proposal will target 34% of people who could not afford the rent last month according to the grassroots organization.
“We don’t want to see what was expected as a 40% increase in homelessness in western Virginia due to the fact that people don’t have to afford the rent,” said Zuckett.
West Virginia for Affordable Health Care, West Virginia Association of Social Workers and West Virginia Citizen Action Center met today for a strong response proposal from the Senate.
“People don’t put this money in the bank, they don’t put it under the mattress, they use it for shopping,” said Zuckett.
Advocates like West Virginia’s executive director for affordable health care Jessica Ice address the question of whether the concrete aid package incentivizes people not to work.
“People would very much prefer to go back to work and look after their families, nobody is getting rich with unemployment insurance,” said Ice.
The number of families who report not having enough to eat has increased according to the West Virginia Citizens Action Center.
CEO of the West Virginia Association of Social Workers, Sam Hickman works with these families every day.
“I am a social worker, so I am more concerned about the impact of low-income people, the unemployed and more vulnerable people with disabilities, children and the elderly,” said Hickman.
“People want to work, but while they can’t, while that opportunity isn’t there, we still have an obligation as a company to protect them,” said Ice.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says negotiations on the coronavirus rescue package will end by the end of next week.
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