The House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package last Friday to help mitigate the disastrous effects of the pandemic. Lutheran Services in America has been a vocal advocate for the inclusion of nonprofits in any new aid packages. Our national network of health and human service organizations rallied to collectively voice support for our key priorities, which include some of the vital resources enumerated in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act — a bill that builds on the work of previous relief bills by including support for nonprofit organizations.
Thanks to the engagement of our members, we are pleased to see the bill addresses some of our most important priorities, including access to financial relief for health and human service nonprofits with more than 500 employees, and targeted financial resources for nonprofit frontline health and human services providers. The fulfillment of these priorities would grant nonprofits the funds and resources necessary to offer the care and service needed by many Americans during this critical time. While the HEROES Act is a welcome show of support for nonprofits in the House, there is still much work to do to gain similar support in the Senate in order to sustain our network’s crucial work.