It’s going to hurt us tremendously
Without the child tax credit, Stormy Johnson is worried about having enough to eat.
Johnson, 44, works as a student support specialist in Preston County Schools in Kingwood, West Virginia. Since July, she’s been receiving an additional $500 each month through the enhanced child tax credit for her two children, Violet, 14, and Tristan, 13, whom she parents alone.That money has helped the family stay afloat.
In the last year, they had to move due to a fire and Johnson had to get a new car after the engine in hers blew out. With the rising costs of housing and vehicles, she now has $1,400 more in expenses each month than she had to pay last year, she said.
“I have $50 left before the child tax credit, and that’s just with my house, car payment, my insurance and necessary utilities,” she said. “That’s before I buy any food, pay for gas for work or get any toiletries.”