Partially Happy New Fiscal Year!

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September 30, 2016

Congress has enacted temporary spending to last through December 9, and the President has signed the bill. It’s very good news that there is no interruption in funding for housing, emergency food, education, child care, and a host of other important programs with the October 1 beginning of the new fiscal year. It’s a relief Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Lead Poisoning, Poverty and Income, Zika

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Resources from around the Coalition: Poverty data edition

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September 30, 2016

In the wake of the Census Bureau’s release of data on poverty, CHN members have been hard at work organizing their analysis of the data into reports and articles. Many reports echo a similar sentiment: a lot of progress has been made in improving the poverty rate, but there is more that needs to be done. Read More »

Categories: Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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What to know and do if you ever face homelessness

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September 29, 2016

According to the public policy organization Demos: one in seven Americans will face homelessness at some time during their lives. In addition, 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and will continue to do so for the next 15 years. Americans approaching retirement age are looking at the prospect of not being able to retire because many Read More »

Categories: Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Poverty and Income, Social Security, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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The high cost of being poor in the U.S.

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September 20, 2016

Today, fresh off the new U.S. Census Bureau poverty numbers, we released The High Cost of Being Poor in the U.S., which explores challenges the 43.1 million adults and children still living in poverty face. These challenges include high costs in areas such as rent, food, child care and predatory lending. A few highlights: 59 Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Unemployment Insurance

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Impossible Choices.

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September 14, 2016

Of course we know that hunger exists in America – and that an estimated 15.3 million children in our country, or one in five, live in a household where there is a real risk they will go hungry. Often studies of childhood hunger involve very young children – up to five years of age, for Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services

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Important gains in median household income, poverty rate, and health coverage. Yet there is more to be done.

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September 13, 2016

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released important new data on poverty, median household income, and the number of Americans covered by health insurance. Below is a statement by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein responding to the new data. “The official poverty rate is down, median household income is up, and the percentage of uninsured Americans Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Unemployment Insurance

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Five pints of Guinness

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September 1, 2016

By now you probably have heard the news: The European Union has ruled that Apple has received billions of dollars in illegal tax breaks from Ireland’s government and owes $14.5 billion in back taxes. Although Ireland already has a (relatively low) 12.5 percent corporate tax rate, the EU’s European Commission actually stated in a news Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Lead Poisoning, Opioids, Tax Policy, Zika

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Ignoring an epidemic

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August 31, 2016

This is what the expansion of an epidemic looks like. The Zika virus has now been detected in 67 countries, including most of the Americas. In the 50 states of the U.S., more than 2,500 cases of Zika have been reported, affecting every state except for Alaska and Wyoming. Almost all of these cases resulted Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Zika

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The next reform to welfare reform

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August 25, 2016

Editor’s note: This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the Washington Post on August 24. Make sure to also read Debbie’s entry on TANF’s 20th anniversary posted on this blog on August 22. You can find additional resources on the impact of TANF  at it’s 20th anniversary here.  The Aug. 22 editorial “Happy birthday, welfare Read More »

Categories: Income Support, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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We’ve Heard about Income Inequality. What about Wealth Inequality?

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August 24, 2016

You may recognize this statistic: In the U.S., CEOs of large firms make 276 times the pay of an average worker. That is the very definition of income inequality. But now, courtesy of the Center for Economic Development and the Institute for Policy Studies, we are reminded that we need to be worried about wealth Read More »

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