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.

“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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CHN’s Deborah Weinstein featured on Ralph Nader Radio Hour

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March 27, 2017

Editor’s note: Last week, CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein appeared on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss President Trump’s proposed budget, and America’s spending priorities. You can listen to a recording of the show here. Please note that the 15-minute segment featuring Deborah takes place 41:26 into the recording. Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Poverty and Income, Social Services

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Gil Lykens’ Story: Exhibit A in the Case for Preserving Medicaid

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March 14, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves 74 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement or if Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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‘We are all one diagnosis away from financial and personal disaster’

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March 6, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves 74 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement or if Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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This is the world of Ryancare

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February 24, 2017

Earlier this month, House Republicans unveiled what they described as a plan for “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act. The plan, however is not really a plan. It comes with no price tag, no explanation of how many million Americans would lose their current coverage, of how much more Americans would have to pay Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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A father’s message to Congress: ‘I cannot protect my son’s health, but you can’

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February 23, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves almost 70 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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Trump’s 2-1 executive order: It’s (not) as easy as 1, 2, 3….

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February 14, 2017

Joan Claybrook, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the Carter administration, had an immediate reaction when informed of President Trump’s executive order requiring that federal agencies scrap two existing regulations for every new one adopted. She burst out laughing. “That’s a completely illogical way of doing things,” she told the Los Angeles Read More »

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The protests are working

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February 7, 2017

There’s a developing narrative across the country: The protests are working. On many issues of concern to the human needs community, ranging from health care to immigration to efforts to fighting discrimination, a hostile executive branch finds itself backtracking and on the defensive. Perhaps the first journalist to take note of this narrative on a Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid, Protests

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