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Biden’s Child Tax Credit is Cutting Poverty in Philly, but Many with Deepest Needs Aren’t Getting the Cash

Willard McGruder, 65, of Overbrook, cares for his two grandsons, Keshawn, 8, (pictured) and Rahine, 3.
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Willard McGruder, 65, of Overbrook, cares for his two grandsons, Keshawn, 8, (pictured) and Rahine, 3.

Philadelphia has long earned the distressing distinction of being America’s poorest big city. But federal cash payments, called the expanded child tax credit, are predicted to significantly reduce child poverty across the board. So, how’s it working?

WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ Laura Benshoff reports the federal government has struggled to get the money to families most in need.

(Original air-date: 12/7/21)

Laura Benshoff covered stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.