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About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery joined CHN in May 2014 and is a regular contributor to the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She  has over 14 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Imbery managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women. Before coming to DC in 2006, she worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

To raise basic living standards, we must first #RaiseTheCaps

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May 18, 2017

“On Tuesday, the President is expected to unveil a budget that busts through spending caps for defense while slashing domestic investment, which are also critical to our defense. We can’t have a secure nation if our citizens aren’t educated, aren’t healthy, and don’t have access to opportunities.” – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer On Thursday, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 16, 2017

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent. Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Education and Youth Policy, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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What Moms Don’t Need for Mother’s Day

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May 11, 2017

Mother’s Day is this weekend, which means cards have been mailed, brunch reservations made, and flowers purchased. But we know what moms really need to make them, their families and our country healthier and more economically secure – affordable health care, paid leave and sick time, workplace protections, and other policies that support them. That’s Read More »

Categories: Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income

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Human Needs Report: Advocates denounce ACA repeal bill, FY17 spending bill avoids a shutdown, FY18 budget work and more

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May 8, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the House ACA repeal vote, the FY17 spending bill that avoided a shutdown, FY18 budgets, President Trump’s tax cut agenda and more. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Advocates Denounce House Passage of ACA Repeal Bill Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: Misnamed “Working Families Flexibility Act” Would Give Workers Less Flexibility, Less Time and Less Pay

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May 1, 2017

UPDATE: This bill passed the House on May 2 on a vote of 229-197; no Democrats supported the bill, and they were joined by six Republicans who also voted no. See how your Representative voted here. We’ll keep you updated on the bill’s progress in the Senate. Bills in Congress are named by those who write Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income

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Strong foundations: the economic futures of kids and communities

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April 14, 2017

“Our young people are the future, and we all want them to have the support they need for successful and fulfilling lives. As a central banker, I recognize the benefits to the broader economy when more people are better prepared for work and for managing their finances. In short, ensuring that all of our kids have Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Income Support, Poverty and Income

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Human Needs Report: Advocates defeat ACA repeal bill, FY17 & FY18 spending work, Supreme Court confirmation and more

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April 3, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on what’s next for ACA repeal efforts, FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, a Supreme Court confirmation vote and more. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Advocates’ Efforts Defeat ACA Repeal Bill Advocates celebrated Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Criminal justice reform, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: Trump wrongly claims corporate taxes are too high

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March 28, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress last month gave us in the human needs community much to smack our heads about. As CHN’s Debbie Weinstein noted in this piece about Trump’s false promises, he promised better health care while working to repeal the ACA; thanks in part to your advocacy, that effort to kill the ACA Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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Webinar on Trump’s plan to cut human needs programs

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March 20, 2017

UPDATE: While this webinar already took place, you can watch a recording and view the webinar slides here. Join CHN’s webinar to find out more. Tuesday, March 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT President Trump’s partial budget heavily cuts domestic programs to pay for a $54 billion Pentagon spending increase. Learn about the expected impact on Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations

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Human Needs Report: ACA Repeal bill, FY17 & 18 spending work, revised travel ban and more

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March 13, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, the revised travel ban, President Trump’s cabinet, worker protections under threat and the Supreme Court nominee. Click here for the full Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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