About David Elliot

Communications Director
Coalition on Human Needs

David Elliot joined CHN as Communications Director in 2016 and has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network. Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.

CHN on CBO analysis: 23 million reasons why House health care bill must be defeated

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May 24, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the CBO’s analysis of the House health care legislation: “Twenty-three million fewer Americans would receive coverage if the American Health Care Act becomes law – yet another sign that this so-called health care reform bill Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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Hands Off!

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May 22, 2017

By now you probably have heard: the Trump administration tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23) will release its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. We don’t know every detail of the proposal, but what we have seen leaked out in the media has us and every other proponent of basic living standards and Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Disabilities, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Poverty and Income, Protests, SNAP, Social Security, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Stand together against budget cuts

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May 12, 2017

Congress is about to begin serious work on the 2018 federal budget and we need your organization’s help. President Trump already has released a budget outline that would cut domestic and international programs by $54 billion – money he would transfer to the Pentagon. We don’t know all the details of the President’s budget – Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Education and Youth Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid

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CHN on Health Care Repeal Vote: ‘A Day of Shame for the U.S. House of Representatives’

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May 4, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Thursday in response to the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act: “Today’s cruel and unconscionable vote to deny health care to millions of Americans is one of the most destructive acts ever to emerge from Congress. Twenty-four million Read More »

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‘Why would anyone want to diminish the access to health care we’ve been able to create?’

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May 3, 2017

  Denise White-Jenkins of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was worried. Years ago, her daughter, a sophomore in college, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She was successfully treated, but in February, her daughter was approaching her 26th birthday, and she would no longer be able to be on her parents’ health insurance plan. And a month earlier, Read More »

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Fight for $15: Advocates rally for increase in federal minimum wage

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April 27, 2017

Dorothy Staub cherished her job as a caseworker with the National Guard in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She helped veterans handle a wide array of problems, ranging from financial difficulties to mental and emotional crises, including substance abuse and thoughts of suicide. Until one day the federal contractor she worked for lost its contract and laid Read More »

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Tell Congress: Do No Harm

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April 25, 2017

You’ve likely heard about what’s going on in Washington, D.C. this week. Members of Congress, faced with a deadline that could come Friday or slide into next week, are negotiating a FY17 spending bill that could further threaten human needs programs. We’ve heard this song before. We need you to take action. Tell your Representative and Read More »

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“Evicted” Author wins Pulitzer Prize for work on homelessness, housing affordability

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April 11, 2017

You may have heard the great news: Author Matthew Desmond this week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the nonfiction category for his groundbreaking book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The award brought to mind an event that was held almost a year ago: CHN joined our friends at the National Low Income Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income

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She told Paul Ryan what it’s like to be poor

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April 4, 2017

Last spring, we reported on a new documentary making the rounds at Sundance and other venues throughout the country. A Hug from Paul Ryan followed the story of Tianna Gaines-Turner, who, despite working two jobs just like her husband, struggles with poverty in their hometown of Philadelphia. The highlight of the short documentary: In 2013, Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Income Support, Poverty and Income, Protests, SNAP, Social Services

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Marching for tax fairness

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March 31, 2017

On Saturday, April 15, people across the country – and even some around the world – will be marching in recognition of Tax Day. Tax Day – the day when federal income taxes are due – actually falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year, but Saturday is a better day to march, because more people Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income, Protests, Social Services, Tax Policy

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