Community Nonprofits Are Our Insurance Policy for Families

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on July 5, 2022

In this Spotlight Exclusive, Douglas Steiger, a public policy consultant who served at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration, discusses the continued need to assist struggling American families at a time when policymakers are prioritizing party loyalty over their constituents. Across the country, community-based nonprofit organizations have stepped up to aid those who have needed the extra assistance. Food banks, community health centers, and Community Action Agencies (CAA) provide resources and reach the marginalized communities most in need, but more needs to be done to support these groups. The nation’s political divide has affected everyday life and nonprofits aren’t immune to the effect of the conflicts; it’s become reflective of their capabilities, accessibility, funding, and beyond. Steiger stresses that supporting the groups providing for others under these politically and economically difficult times has become essential because they “represent an insuranc policy for families until our federal politics and policymaking become more functional.”

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