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Policy Resource Center

Thank you for trusting the YEO Network with your policy and social needs during the Coronavirus outbreak. Based on your suggestions and feedback, we have compiled a list of policies that our members have introduced, as well as those we believe our members can introduce and pass in order to alleviate the effects of the pandemic. If you do not see a policy you’ve introduced or feel would be useful, or if you’d like assistance writing or introducing any of the policies you see here, please reach out either directly to Alana at abyrd@pfaw.org, or through our contact portal, located at the bottom of the page.

Working Families

We encourage our members to introduce bold and inclusive policy which accounts for the struggles of working families. During quarantine and social distancing, many working families have been forced to take leave from their jobs, and this has created numerous financial and social hardships on our constituencies. Fortunately, there are a number of actions local, state, and federal lawmakers can take to alleviate these hardships. These include moratoriums on evictions, utility shutoffs and/or late fees, housing assistance such as rent control and mortgage relief, hunger assistance initiatives like food drives, and suspended ticket and meter collections. Additionally, local and state governments should ensure practices of paid sick and parental leave are available to citizens who are forced to take leave from their jobs, either for quarantine or for childcare.

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Healthcare

We hope that members will keep in mind the systems in place to aid their constituencies in responding to and combatting the coronavirus. Healthcare systems during this time of need should be compassionate and available to all citizens who require services during this time. Members are encouraged to introduce policies that allow all constituents to receive healthcare services, and that allow healthcare workers, hospitals, and systems to have the ability to treat all patients concerned with and affected by COVID-19 without fear of affordability or contamination. YEOs should work with insurance companies, where possible, to ensure that all citizens have access to care they need whether or not they are insured.

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Schools and Children

A consequence of schools and workplaces shutting down during the outbreak is the large population of children no longer receiving free or reduced-cost meals from school. Members are encouraged to introduce legislation that ensures children continue to have much-needed access to free or reduced-cost meals available to them at a local school or community center, or via delivery. Additionally, we urge members to ensure that school districts have the resources - both technological and financial - to continue educational practices via online systems, so that prolonged absences from school do not seriously affect the work our teachers have put in to properly educate our youth.

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Small Business Relief

Many of our members have significant small businesses in our communities, and it is important we help ensure the economy stays strong by providing relief where possible to small businesses in our communities. Examples of ways members can help small businesses include allowing employees, when they are able, to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus; enacting a moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs; and creating and/or participating in the creation of plans to help stabilize small businesses. 

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Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

Elected officials have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable citizens during hardships like the coronavirus outbreak - including immigrants, folks who are incarcerated, and seniors and other vulnerable citizens. To ensure all citizens receive quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare, YEOs should commit to making sure that multiple languages are spoken by healthcare workers and that public service announcements are transmitted in as many languages as are necessary to reach all constituencies. Additionally, it is our duty to protect all of our citizens, and this includes providing healthcare and quarantines where necessary to affected and vulnerable members of our shelters, treatment centers, and incarcerated populations, including those under ICE detainment. Those citizens who are at special risk for the virus, including vulnerable and senior citizens, should be afforded special attention when possible. This might include setting up a system for abler-bodied folks to obtain groceries for these individuals, or to set up home visiting for those who are unable to leave their house due to heightened exposure and risk.

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Senior Citizens

Immigrant Communities

Rural Communities

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Voting Rights &

Democracy Reform

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing us to quarantine and socially distance during a time when many states have scheduled national elections, and right when the federal government has scheduled the rollout of the 2020 decennial Census. Members should work with state and national officials to ensure that citizens remain safe in the event of an election occuring while folks are required or encouraged to quarantine. Additionally, YEOs should communicate the importance of the Census to their constituencies, and encourage, where possible, members of their community to proceed with filling out their Census either online or through the mail.

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