Discussion Paper

Households Confront the End of Pandemic-Era Assistance Programs

Abstract: The U.S. government, beginning in March 2020, took extraordinary measures in response to the emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus. Through policy changes and major spending bills, the federal government directed funds to help states, localities, and households manage the economic challenges caused by the pandemic. Two of the many measures that the government took to directly aid households were increasing the flexibility and benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and pausing federal student loan payments. Now that enhanced SNAP benefits have ended and student loan payments are resuming this fall, households may be facing a challenging financial situation.

Keywords: covid19; SNAP Benefits; student loan repayment; 5th district;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Part of Series: Regional Matters

Publication Date: 2023-07-13