April 29, 2022

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Reader: ICC’s support of bill to help those in poverty is greatly appreciated

With respect to the article “ICC advocates at Statehouse for families in deepest poverty” published in The Criterion during the recent legislative session, I support the Indiana Catholic Conference’s stance.

HEA Bill 1361 will benefit families in the greatest need and help lift them out of poverty. Rep. Chuck Goodrich, primary author of this bill, provided a great point that these eligibility guidelines are outdated. I am highly impressed by the ICC’s thorough, yet empathic report of this bill.

I am an undergraduate student at IUPUI pursuing a degree in social work, and your article supports everything we are being taught as well as the National Association of Social Workers’ code of ethics.

The bill, which passed in the legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 10, will allow families to work on their struggles while maintaining support until they are in a place to no longer need assistance.

Thank you for your continued support of this pressing challenge many families face. 

- Savana Rowe | IUPUI School of Social Work

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