Beyond the Beltway: Helping Those Most in Need

Interactive Map Showing Help for Those Most Affected by the Recession

Beyond the Beltway series: Overview: The Nationwide Allocation of $541 billion | Tax Cuts to Make Work Pay | Helping Those Most in Need | 21st Century Education | Protecting Vital Services | Energy & Infrastructure | Wrap Up: Local Recovery

The House and Senate versions of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act include spending provisions and tax cuts aimed at reviving our ailing economy. The bill contains 12 measures aimed at helping those who have lost their jobs or are facing severe poverty. These measures total $80.4 billion and include unemployment insurance extensions, increases, and modernization; support for training and employment services; a series of housing measures including the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Public Housing Capital Funds, and HOME Investment Partnership Program; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps); the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program; and specific block grants for community services and development. The map below analyzes how much of this will go to people in each state.

This is part of a week-long series that examines the state-level implications of different aspects of the package; the series began with an overview map showing how $541 billion will be allocated to the states.

The methodology can be found here; you can access the supporting data here (xls), or download the house data and senate data as pdfs.

Beyond the Beltway series:

More information on our stimulus plan:

Column: Recovery Plan Offers Needed Change

Infographic: Four Reasons We Can’t Afford Not to Have One

Video: Designing a Stimulus that Will Get the Economy Moving Fast