Child Tax Credits, debt and eviction
‘Her day started before sunrise. Even though she had been up with the baby a few hours earlier, Brittany Baker lifted herself from the bed at 5, on a morning in June. She moved with slow, tiny steps across the carpet she was so proud to keep clean despite three youngsters running around the apartment. Two were still sleeping with her fiance, Jordan, in the bed she had just left. The other was quiet in a nearby crib.
‘In the bathroom light she ignored the image bouncing back at her from the mirror — a 36-year-old Black woman wincing from pain jabbing up from her feet to her stomach. She was in the third trimester of a high-risk pregnancy but still clocking into work every day.
‘Women of color like Baker have seen a disproportionate number of job losses since the coronavirus pandemic began. They also have continued to struggle during the recovery. In June 2021, 1 in 12 black women in the United States over 20…