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CHN’s COVID-19: Tracking Hardship December 4, 2020
December 4, 2020

The #ReliefCan’tWait edition. The U.S. this week set three alarming records. New COVID-19 cases surpassed 200,000 in a single day, hospitalizations reached 100,000, and Wednesday’s death rate was nearly 2,900 – all firsts. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are teetering on an economic cliff. By Dec. 26th, 16 million Americans will have lost unemployment benefits. On New Year’s Eve, the CDC’s eviction moratorium will expire. Other help set to expire as we approach the end of the year: student loan debt relief and some paid family leave.

With deadlines approaching, CHN urges swift passage of COVID-19 relief 
December 4, 2020

The Coalition on Human Needs this week urged Congress to quickly approve a COVID-19 relief package, even as millions of Americans face the loss of unemployment benefits as well as a roof over their heads. “This cannot wait,” the letter states. “The eviction moratorium and pandemic unemployment insurance expire by the end of December. COVID-19 cases are surging, with more than 200,000 cases reported on December 2 and hospitals dangerously overstretched.” 

Up next in fighting COVID-19: The challenges of rolling out vaccines 
December 3, 2020

James English has a problem. It’s actually a problem many Americans have wanted him to have for many months now. English is one of hundreds upon hundreds of local public health directors across the U.S. who will eventually help distribute COVID-19 vaccines. The challenges in rolling out one or more vaccines, once approved, are breathtaking, immense, and complicated — and they will cost money.  

CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship November 25, 2020
November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020 Hunger at Thanksgiving edition.  Heroic efforts are being made by food banks nationwide to provide food for families who do not have enough to eat.  Here’s what they’re up against:  more than 25 million people reported during the period from October 28 – November 9 that in…

CHN: COVID Relief Package Remains Elusive
October 26, 2020
While millions of Americans continue to suffer economic hardship brought on or worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, the possibility of passing another relief bill in Congress before the election looks unlikely. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued talks throughout the week last week, but a…
CHN: Senate Moves to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett; Hot-button Issues Await
October 26, 2020
Voting mostly along party lines, the Senate on Oct. 25 voted (51-48) to end debate and move forward with the confirmation vote to put Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) joined all Democrats and Independents in opposing the…
CHN: 2020 Census Count Ends, but Advocates’ Work Continues
October 26, 2020
While a Supreme Court decision on Oct. 13 allowed the Trump Administration to end the 2020 Census count on Oct. 15, advocates’ work on the important decennial count continues. The decision suspended a lower court order allowing the head count to continue through Oct. 31, and the Census Bureau is…
CHN: In Blistering Ruling, U.S. District Judge Strikes Trump Administration’s Proposed SNAP Cuts
October 26, 2020
A U.S. District Court has struck down an effort by the Trump Administration that could have cut SNAP benefits for 700,000 or more jobless Americans. In a 67-page opinion described by the Washington Post as “scathing,” U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing…

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