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How the child tax credit became a lifeline for Nevadans: ‘It saved our lives’

While Renteria qualified for unemployment benefits, her husband didn’t.

Living on a tight budget, the family spent the next year relying on food from the Culinary Union and food banks. 

“I also had to apply for food stamps,” she said. “I’ve never had to do it before, but had to use these resources in the pandemic.”

Even after getting hired back by Caesars in the spring, the family still was behind on bills and struggling to get into their own home. 

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