TACFS Publishes Breakdown of Senate COVID-19 Bill For Community Organizations

While the House unveiled its fifth piece of COVID legislation back in May, the Senate has just now revealed it’s latest piece of legislation as a counter to the House’s bill. Known as the HEALS Act, this $1 trillion piece of legislation will be debated on between the House and the Senate. With certain unemployment benefits ending this month from the CARES Act, it is anticipated the House and Senate will move quickly to come to an agreement over the next piece of COVID legislation. Here is a breakdown of the HEALS Act:

  • $75 million for Child Welfare Services (Title IV-B part 1),
  • $50 million for Chafee Independent Living funds,
  • $50 million for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevent (CB-CAP) funds,
  • $10 million for the Court Improvement Program (CIP). 
  • The supplemental unemployment weekly benefit would be reduced to $200 a week, with the current $600 benefit ending on July 31.
  • Another round of $1,200 rebates ($500 child and dependent credit not limited by age)
  • Additional TANF funding, allowing states to draw funding if they provide a 20 percent match with a federal cap at $2 billion
  • More funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to be targeted to smaller businesses (under 300 employees) that can demonstrate a loss of 50 percent of revenue in the first and second quarter compared to the first and second quarter of the previous year
  • Business tax deductions/credits, including writing off the purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE) and restoration of a deduction of business lunches/meals to 100 percent of meal cost
  • Liability reform limiting lawsuits against businesses, nonprofits, schools, and medical providers
  • $105 billion for schools to reopen, with $70 billion to K-12 and $30 billion for colleges and universities (the majority of the $70 billion tied to actual reopening)
  • $15 billion for child care, with $10 billion of this designated as “back to work grants”
  • $2 billion for the Mental Health Services Block Grant of which, no less than 50 percent of funds shall be directed to behavioral health providers
  • $1.5 billion for the Substance Abuse and Prevention Treatment Block Grant

$50 million for suicide prevention programs

  • $100 million to support mental health once children return to school
  • $250 million for flexible emergency grants to states
  • $1.6 billion to help low income households pay home heating and cooling bills
  • $190 million for family violence prevention and child welfare programs, to support services for particularly vulnerable families and populations.

It is important to note this is much less than the $3 trillion bill proposed in the House. Of note, this piece of legislation does not include hazard pay for front-line workers or additionally funds for state and local governments. The TACFS team is talking with our federal partners and leaders as the House and Senate are in negotiations. If you have any questions, please email us at info@tacfs.org.