Resources from around the Coalition: Immigration, Medicaid, the Minimum Wage and More

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July 28, 2015

Immigration. Medicaid. The minimum wage. CHN’s coalition members are producing amazing work on really important topics. Last month, we introduced a blog series we’re calling Resources from the around the Coalition, highlighting important pieces you’ll want to be aware of. There are even more great works to showcase this month, so without further ado, here Read More »

Categories: Disabilities, Education and Youth Policy, Immigration, Job Training and Education, Medicaid, Minimum Wage

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Fact of the Week: 1.7 Million More Children Lived in Low-Income Working Families in 2013 than in 2008; See How Your State Ranks

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July 24, 2015

Five years ago, our country was in the midst of the Great Recession. At that time, 17 million children lived in low-income working families. Since the recession officially ended in 2009, our country has been slowly recovering. Many economic indicators, if not at pre-recession levels, are at least heading back in the right direction. However, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Poverty and Income

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Celebrate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Fourth Birthday by Becoming a Citizen-Enforcer of Fairer Lending Practices!

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July 24, 2015

This post was originally published on the Center for Effective Government’s blog, The Fine Print, on July 21.  Using Citizen Stories, the CFPB Identified Abuses and Won $10.3 Billion in Relief and Refunds for 17 Million Consumers from Illegal Charges by Financial Institutions Five years ago today, the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was passed by Read More »

Categories: Economy, Poverty and Income

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Feel Good and Do Good

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July 23, 2015

The CHN office is always a flurry of activity. With only 5 staff and so much to do to protect and expand programs that help our low-income neighbors, there’s no time to sit still. This upcoming week will be even busier as we take care of final preparations for our Human Needs Hero reception on Read More »

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Congress’s Guide to Hunger and Your Nutrition Assistance Story

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July 22, 2015

Nearly 16 percent of Americans – 49 million of us – struggle with hunger. That’s one out of every seven households. Hunger impacts children (16 million, in fact) and adults in every part of our country – every state and every city. This is not a partisan issue; it’s a national issue that can only Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, SNAP

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Human Needs Report: Appropriations, No Child Left Behind, Child Nutrition, Family-Friendly Workplace Legislation, and More

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July 20, 2015

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the ongoing appropriations process, family-friendly workplace legislation, No Child Left Behind, child nutrition, and more. See below for the full analysis and links to each section of the report. Click Read More »

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Tell Congress it’s time to Raise the Wage

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July 16, 2015

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for six years now. That’s barely $15,000 a year for a full-time worker—literally a poverty wage. No one should have to have to decide between clean clothes, paying their rent, or paying their cellphone bill. Tens of millions of working men and women are Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage

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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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July 15, 2015

Bills in Congress are named by those who write them, which means the name can sound good even if the bill actually does the opposite of what the title implies. That’s the case with the Working Families Flexibility Act. It sounds like a good thing, right? Families would get more flexibility, and who doesn’t want Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income

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Fact of the Week: Half of Children in Public Schools are Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

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July 10, 2015

Just over half of children in public schools across the U.S. were in families with near-poverty income levels that made them eligible for free or reduced price lunch in 2013. This statistic comes from the Southern Education Foundation’s research bulletin, A New Majority: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools, released Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition

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5 Things to Know about Fixing the Overtime Rule

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July 1, 2015

“We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That’s partly because we’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years — and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment

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