WASHINGTON, DC (WVDN) – Congressmen Carol Miller (R-WV) and Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced the Household and Neighbor Assistance for the Distribution of Services Act (HANDS) on July 29, 2022. ) for families in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation would allow states to use money already allocated to access online portals that connect families in need to resources such as pregnancy centers, child care programs, food pantries, churches and non-profit organizations.
“Families across the country are struggling to make ends meet as they face rising costs and supply chain shortages,” said MP Miller. “They need a helping hand now more than ever, and our bill will do just that by giving parents access to helpful community resources. As a mother and grandmother, I know there is no higher priority than providing for your family. I urge the immediate passage of this law to provide relief to parents, keep families together and protect children in all communities.
“In a rapidly modernizing world, connectivity plays an important role in meeting the needs of families by connecting them with nonprofits in the local community for the resources, support and services they need. said Rep. Judy Chu. “I am proud to co-lead the bipartisan Household and Neighbor Services Distribution (MAINS) Act for Families to improve these services and better meet the specific needs of families and children. In my district – and throughout Los Angeles County – we have seen the success of supportive social network pilot programs in our communities. This legislation will expand those efforts across the country and ensure that all of our families have the tools and support they need to thrive.
The Helping HANDS for Families Act would amend Title IV-B, Part B, Subpart 2 of the Social Security Act to provide means to access and use an electronic portal under the MaryLee program Allen Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSST) to meet the specific needs of families and children through community support. The PSST program focuses on supporting families at risk, preserving the nuclear family, promoting adoption, and assisting foster children and adoptive families through accessibility to community services.