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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Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at 16 Year Low

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May 2, 2016

The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 16-year low, according the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of the families who receive Read More »

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

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‘We can’t fix poverty without fixing housing’

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April 28, 2016

It all began with a snowball. Arleen’s 14-year-old son Jori and his cousin were throwing snowballs at passing cars. One driver took umbrage, slamming his brakes, chasing Jori into the family’s apartment and kicking down the front door. When Arleen’s landlord found out about the property damage, Arlene and her two sons were evicted, out Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Poverty and Income

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Upcoming Webinar on Child Lead Poisoning

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April 26, 2016

Please join us for an important webinar: Child Lead Poisoning: Preventable Harm Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET   Register Today!!! The lead poisoning of children (and adults) in Flint, Michigan has focused the nation’s attention on the terrible human cost of allowing contamination of our water supply. We have since learned that lead Read More »

Categories: Education and Youth Policy, Health

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Human Needs Report: Spending Bills Move, Supreme Court Hears Immigration Case, New Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Introduced and More

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April 25, 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 appropriations action in Congress, the Supreme Court case against President Obama’s immigration executive actions, legislation regulating paid tax preparers, funding for emergencies and the new House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. See below Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Health, Immigration, Tax Policy

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Raise that wage.

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April 21, 2016

Members of Congress and workers’ advocates today renewed their push for an increase in the hourly federal minimum wage to $12 – a move that would reflect the recent frenzy of state and local movement on the issue and would mean larger pay checks for 35 million Americans. Originally sponsored one year ago by Sen. Read More »

Categories: Economy, Income Support, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income

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The “Price of Paying Taxes” Is Highest for Lower-Income Americans

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April 19, 2016

This piece was originally published by Washington Monthly on April 18, 2016.  Tax day is upon us, and while most of us growl and bear the annual time (and money) spent on tax preparation, less attention has been paid to how the costs of tax compliance particularly hurt low-income workers. It’s bad enough that we collectively Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Maverick, Violet and How Trickle Down Economics Fails to #ActOnPoverty

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April 15, 2016

Maverick Bishop says he and his mom have stayed in every homeless shelter there is in San Francisco.  When there wasn’t room in the shelters, they slept in hospital lobbies, along with other, even-less-desirable locations. Today, due in large part to a mentoring program Maverick was enrolled in, and the help he got finding an Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Homelessness, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Flint Update: Good…Not Good Enough

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April 14, 2016

There is some “new” news out of Flint this week: Recent testing of lead in the city’s troubled water system shows things are improving six months after the city switched its water source and began adding chemicals to control corrosion of aging pipes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the good news Read More »

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