Head Smacker: Buy my $1 health insurance! How to make a very bad bill worse

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April 21, 2017

We’ve seen reports that House Republicans are continuing to work on changes to their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. For some of the most right wing members who opposed the bill, their excuse was that it wouldn’t reduce premiums enough. So a possible amendment has been talked about, drafted by Representatives Mark Meadows Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform

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Resources from around the Coalition: Tackling hunger in low-income neighborhoods, WIC’s positive results, high-quality child care proposals and more

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April 19, 2017

Closing racial disparities in homeownerships. Ending domestic hunger in low-income communities. Tackling the gender pay gap. Proposing commonsense, high-quality, and realistic child care reform. 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 Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Criminal justice reform, Early Childhood Education, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Poverty and Income, Social Security

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Who will protect the air we breathe and water we drink? The resistance.

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April 18, 2017

This piece was originally published by The Huffington Post on April 17. More and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that climate change is no myth at a time when the Trump administration is intent on ignoring reality and appeasing corporate interests. Some environmental leaders are responding by formulating a lowest common denominator strategy Read More »

Categories: Immigration, Poverty and Income, Regulation

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Strong foundations: the economic futures of kids and communities

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April 14, 2017

“Our young people are the future, and we all want them to have the support they need for successful and fulfilling lives. As a central banker, I recognize the benefits to the broader economy when more people are better prepared for work and for managing their finances. In short, ensuring that all of our kids have Read More »

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

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We must invest in housing

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April 13, 2017

It really was great news that Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond’s urgent wake-up call about the gross injustice of evictions, won the Pulitzer Prize. The painful reality of housing insecurity was brought home to me on April 1, when the National Coalition for the Homeless held a National Day of Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Home foreclosures, Housing and Homelessness

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“Evicted” Author wins Pulitzer Prize for work on homelessness, housing affordability

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April 11, 2017

You may have heard the great news: Author Matthew Desmond this week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the nonfiction category for his groundbreaking book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The award brought to mind an event that was held almost a year ago: CHN joined our friends at the National Low Income Read More »

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

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Congress is home for recess – Time to talk!

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April 10, 2017

It’s time to talk to your members of Congress! Representatives and Senators have left Washington for a two-week recess, April 7 – 23. During the last recess, the outpouring of outrage about repealing the health care law forced House Speaker Ryan to pull the bill – they didn’t have the votes. We can’t stop now Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Fact of the Week: Only 35 affordable and available rental units exist for every 100 Extremely Low Income renter households

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April 6, 2017

Despite the fact that the number of individuals living below the poverty line decreased during 2015, millions are still struggling to get by. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s recent report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, “household income for the poorest 10% of households remains 6% lower today than in 2006, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness

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She told Paul Ryan what it’s like to be poor

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April 4, 2017

Last spring, we reported on a new documentary making the rounds at Sundance and other venues throughout the country. A Hug from Paul Ryan followed the story of Tianna Gaines-Turner, who, despite working two jobs just like her husband, struggles with poverty in their hometown of Philadelphia. The highlight of the short documentary: In 2013, Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Income Support, Poverty and Income, Protests, SNAP, Social Services

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Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

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April 4, 2017

Last week the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice sent out a newsletter informing people that today, April 4, marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech.  The Kairos Center is calling for a new Poor People’s Campaign in order to revitalize the movement started by Dr. King in 1968 Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income, Social Services

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