Families worry about how they’ll make ends meet without the Child Tax Credit

Local families who have been counting on extra income in recent months will no longer be able to get it as the monthly child tax credit expired on Friday.

Tatiana Monteiro is a single mother who works at Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport. It helps 250 parents to overcome their financial difficulties.

“The child tax credit has been an incredible help for families, especially for single-family households,” Monteiro said.

That advantage for Monteiro and so many others ended on Friday.

“We don’t have any other source of income, and especially for families who don’t get any extra help from the state,” she said.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro says the past six months have proven the child tax credit works.

“In Connecticut, 26% of children were left behind before we decided to improve and expand the child tax credit,” DeLauro said. “These families are going to be pushed back into financial insecurity, food insecurity and yes, poverty.”

DeLauro was joined on a Zoom call on Friday by New Haven mother of four, Tiquanda Newton, who now has to tell her kids she can’t afford to buy the essentials they need.

“Plus they’re growing so their appetite is so big it’s like how can I keep them so full without getting broke?” says Newton.

DeLauro says she will fight for passage of the President’s Build Back Better Act to provide some relief.

“We can’t give up the fight, so now more than ever we have to keep the pressure on,” DeLauro said.

Mothers like Monteiro say the loss of that income adds even more stress with rising prices and inflation.

Last year, more than 100,000 children in the DeLauro district alone benefited from the expanded child tax credit.