Dance Your Way to the Polls

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October 31, 2014

The other day, we told you about the latest stops on the Nuns on the Bus voter education tour, We the People, We the Voters. The Sisters from NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and some friends are having some fun with this – check out their #NunTrouble music video, It’s All About That Bus. If you Read More »

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Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at a 15 Year Low

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October 30, 2014

The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 15-year low, according to CLASP analysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Income Support, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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5 Things You Should Know About SNAP

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October 29, 2014

This August marked the 50th anniversary of the food stamp program, known today as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. CHN is joining a number of organizations and advocates this week to talk about the importance of SNAP. We invite you to join in the conversation on October 30 from 2-4pm EST by posting on Read More »

Categories: Food and Nutrition, SNAP

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Will you be smacking your head on November 5?

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October 29, 2014

I can’t tell you who to vote for on November 4.  The Coalition on Human Needs is a nonprofit group, and we’re not allowed to weigh in on candidates.  But we are allowed to encourage everyone to get out and vote.  If you’re reading this, you are almost certainly well aware of the key questions Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy, Unemployment Insurance

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Death and Taxes: Inevitable for All?

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October 27, 2014

Considering being very rich?  It has a lot of advantages.  Even those two things said to be inevitable – death and taxes – can be stalled, if not evaded altogether. Economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman published a paper this month documenting that widening inequality is not just a matter of annual income.  Inequality of Read More »

Categories: Economy, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Yellen Makes the Case for Reducing Inequality

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October 24, 2014

“The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concerns me. The past several decades have seen the most sustained rise in inequality since the 19th century after more than 40 years of narrowing inequality following the Great Depression. By some estimates, income and wealth inequality are near their highest levels Read More »

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

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Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22

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October 23, 2014

This post was originally published on the Half in Ten Education Fund’s TalkPoverty blog on October 22. Quality, affordable child care is not only right and necessary to prepare children to learn; it’s also needed if low-income working parents are to have a shot at working their way out of poverty. Our nation’s funding source that Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education

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Fact of the Week: The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Programs for Children

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October 22, 2014

Children remain the age group most disproportionately poor in our country – roughly one out of five children in the U.S. is poor – and the statistics are far worse for children of color and children in cities, where the numbers are closer to one out of three. We know that children who grow up Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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The Intersection of Poverty and Domestic Violence

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October 16, 2014

We know that poverty disproportionately affects women and single moms. In 2013, nearly 16 percent of women and nearly 40 percent of families with children headed by a woman lived in poverty, higher than their male counterparts. We know that women who are poor are more likely to suffer from health problems and are more likely Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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Fact of the Week: Millions of People are Lifted Out of Poverty by Programs Like Social Security, Low-income Tax Credits, and SNAP/Food Stamps

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October 16, 2014

More than 48 million people were poor in the U.S. in 2013. But if Social Security did not exist, more than 75 million people would have been poor. Most of us have elderly parents or other relatives for whom Social Security is an absolutely essential part of their monthly budget. A new report by the Read More »

Categories: Income Support, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Unemployment Insurance

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