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Who Benefits from Medicaid Expansion in South Carolina?

June 9, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law in early March of this year. The bill helped extend popular COVID relief benefits through June. It also led to the expansion of many programs and benefits for low-income communities in the United States. Some of the benefits include: Making Child Tax Credit…

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South Carolina Appleseed Welcomes American Rescue Plan, Calls For More Action

March 16, 2021

Last week, the American Rescue Plan delivering relief to millions of Americans was signed into law. The bill extends some relief measures already in place, while also expanding other programs and benefits. The American Rescue Plan: Provides $1,400 stimulus payments, per person. Extends the $300 per week unemployment benefits. Expands the Child Tax Credit &…

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¡Se terminó la regla de carga pública dañina!

March 10, 2021

¡Las duras y confusas reglas de carga pública que se finalizaron el año pasado fueron derogadas en el 9 de marzo 2021! Esto significa que las familias inmigrantes pueden seguir accediendo a los programas de salud, nutrición y vivienda para los que su familia es elegible, sin preocuparse de que esto afecte sus posibilidades de…

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Public Charge Is Over

March 10, 2021

The harsh and confusing public charge rules that were finalized last year were repealed yesterday! This means that immigrant families can continue to access the health, nutrition, and housing programs their family is eligible for, without worrying that it might hurt their chances to adjust immigration status.   Weeks ago, South Carolina Appleseed joined 500…

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South Carolina Plant Suffers Layoffs at Hands of Corporation Despite PPP Loans

March 3, 2021

A South Carolina tire factory owned by a global corporation received a substantial loan from the Small Business Administration for pandemic relief while many genuinely small businesses — especially those owned by people of color and women — were unable to access the program. Despite the generous loan, Giti Tire furloughed all of its workers…

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Quick Information On The Special Enrollment Period (Spring 2021)

February 16, 2021

En Espanol To sign up, go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ The Special Enrollment Period (SEP) started February 15 and ends May 15.  It’s just like open enrollment all over again – no restrictions, no requirements, no SEP eligibility needed! Plans will start the first of the month after plan selection. Consumers will have 30 days after they…

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Student Participation in School Breakfast Increased in South Carolina Last Year

February 10, 2021

South Carolina holds strong in the top 15 states for School Breakfast participation. Columbia, SC — The number of low-income students who participated in the School Breakfast Program in South Carolina increased last year, according to the annual School Breakfast Scorecard released yesterday by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The scorecard compares the rate of participation…

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What The Latest COVID Relief Bill Includes

December 21, 2020

En Espanol This week, congress agreed to pass another COVID relief bill. Here’s what the bill entails for SNAP, Unemployment, Stimulus Payments, and Housing Assistance. If you are being threatened with eviction, you must fill out this form, certifying you cannot pay rent due to the pandemic and give the completed form to your landlord…

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We Must Stop Cuts to 2021 VOCA Spending.

December 3, 2020

South Carolina Appleseed is alarmed with the proposed radical decrease (approx. 40%) in the VOCA (Violence Against Crimes Act) cap proposed in the Senate’s FY21 spending bill and coinciding lack of an urgently-needed VOCA legislative fix. The proposed cuts would be devastating for agencies that serve the needs for communities of color, immigrant communities, and communities living…

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Statement: Wellshire Financial Services and Other High-Cost lenders Must Return Any Money Received From Federal Program

November 24, 2020

Federal and State Lawmakers Must Also Reform Payday and Auto-Title Lending Laws. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Wellshire Financial Services, an empire of auto title lending entities, secured a $25 million low-interest loan from the federal government’s pandemic program. They were able to do this because of a loophole in the program, even…

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