SNAP, TANF and a Better Path

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May 26, 2016

“The nation’s core economic security programs are highly effective: they cut poverty almost in half, improve nutrition and health care for millions of people, and promote work.” This is how Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), began her testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee during its Read More »

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Fact of the Week: 1 in 3 Moms Struggle to Pay for Diapers

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May 23, 2016

Everyone knows babies go through a lot of diapers. But for low-income families, the cost of diapers often forces them to go without another necessity, like food or heat. For many, it can force them to leave babies in soiled diapers longer than they’d like. This can lead to physical and mental health problems for Read More »

Categories: Education and Youth Policy, Health, Poverty and Income

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Great News on Overtime Rules

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May 18, 2016

Great news! The Department of Labor today announced major changes to federal overtime regulations that will benefit millions of low- and middle-income workers. Currently, salaried workers who earn as little as $455 a week or $23,660 a year can be excluded from receiving overtime pay when working more than 40 hours a week if they spend Read More »

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A hug from Paul Ryan

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May 17, 2016

Hugs are nice. But hunger advocates such as Tianna Gaines-Turner want policy-makers and members of Congress to know that as nice as a hug is, it does not put food on the table, workers in good-paying jobs, or families in affordable, secure housing. On Monday, Gaines-Turner, who lives in Philadelphia and works part-time as a Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Income Support, SNAP

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Human Needs Report: Appropriations and Budgets, Emergency Funding for Zika, Flint and Opioids

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May 16, 2016

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 budget and appropriations action in Congress and funding to combat the Zika virus, the opioid epidemic and the lead contamination crisis. See below for the full analysis and links to each piece Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Lead Poisoning, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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Truth in Payday Lending: Ana Maria’s Story

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May 12, 2016

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the National Council of La Raza’s blog on May 6 as part of their blog series, “Truth in Payday Lending: Stories from Latino Borrowers.” NCLR also has a new post on Google’s announcement yesterday that it will ban ads featuring payday lenders. We all run into problems paying our bills every Read More »

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Resources from Around the Coalition: School Meals, Pentagon Spending, Reducing Barriers and More

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May 10, 2016

Protecting school anti-hunger efforts. Calling out excessive Pentagon spending. Reducing barriers for people with criminal records. CHN’s coalition members are producing great work on very important issues. This week, we continue our Resources from around the Coalition blog series, highlighting important resources you should be aware of. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Social Services, Tax Policy

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What Moms Really Need for Mother’s Day

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May 6, 2016

Flowers are purchased, cards are mailed and brunch reservations are made. Mother’s Day is here again. But what many moms really need for this holiday is something much different – and much more substantial. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Department of Labor held an event yesterday to discuss the importance of paid family Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income

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President Obama visits Flint, samples the water

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May 4, 2016

President Obama Wednesday visited Flint, Michigan to highlight the federal government’s response to the lead poisoning scandal and to renew calls for Congress to pass emergency assistance for the beleaguered city of 100,000. The presidential visit comes one day after the Coalition on Human Needs and allies hosted Child Lead Poisoning: Preventable Harm, a webinar Read More »

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

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Get the lead out.

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May 3, 2016

On the eve of President Obama’s trip to Flint, Michigan, human needs advocates and health care experts came together Tuesday to discuss how best to address the catastrophe of lead poisoning in the United States and its causes and effects. Hundreds of participants from across the country participated in Child Lead Poisoning: Preventable Harm, a Read More »

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

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