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In housing and hunger, a return to decency at last 
April 9, 2021

In recent weeks, the Biden Administration has taken two major steps that will allow 25,000 mixed-status families to remain in public housing and will help millions of Americans struggling with food insecurity put food on the table. Both steps reverse cruel decisions by the Trump Administration that disproportionately threatened people with low incomes, people of color, immigrants, and children. 

What we can learn from a Universal Basic Income for the expanded Child Tax Credit
April 8, 2021

A basic income pilot in Stockton, California provided $500 monthly payments to 125 residents with no strings attached. From improved family wellbeing and financial stability to an increase in full-time employment, these positive impacts hold hope for the refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC). 

2021 State of America’s Children: ‘Our Children Are Not Immune’ 
April 7, 2021

A Black U.S. public school student was suspended every four seconds in 2019, based on a 180-day school year. Every 28 seconds, a Latinx student dropped out of high school. And every 33 minutes, An American Indian/Alaskan Native student was arrested. Those are just some nuggets of information included in the latest State of America’s Children report, an annual report published by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF).

The Biden Economic Recovery Plan:  A “Once-in-a-Generation” Investment  
April 2, 2021

President Biden is right to call for a “once-in-a-generation investment” to assure that we can build a lasting economic recovery.  Our nation has been buffeted by multiple emergencies in the past year, including the pandemic, natural disasters, and electrical grid failure.  They have all shown how unprepared we are to protect our people, our businesses, and our environment.  We cannot prevent every emergency, but we can and must protect against loss of life and economic catastrophe for millions of people.  We can and must make ourselves more resilient.   

CHN: President Biden’s American Rescue Plan signed into law, sending aid to millions
March 15, 2021
Advocates celebrated the enactment last week of the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. President Biden signed the legislation in to law on Thursday, March 11 after the bill (H.R. 1319) ping-ponged back and forth in the House and Senate, passing both chambers without Republican support.…
CHN: What’s next: After rescue comes recovery
March 15, 2021
With President Biden’s American Rescue Plan signed in to law (see related article in this Human Needs Report for more on this), focus is shifting to what comes next. The president’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget is expected to be released in April, and it will lay the groundwork for a…
CHN: Trump-era anti-immigrant public charge rule changes permanently blocked nationwide
March 15, 2021
In a huge win for immigrants and the advocates who fight for them, the Supreme Court on March 9 dismissed an upcoming case regarding the Trump Administration’s harmful 2019 public charge regulations. The move followed an announcement from the Biden Administration Department of Justice that it would no longer defend…
CHN: House passes several bills to further democracy and social and economic justice
March 15, 2021
The House of Representatives has passed several pieces of legislation in the past month that would further social and economic justice, including in the areas of democracy reform and voting rights, the right to unionize, gun control reform, countering racial bias in policing, and protections for LGBTQ individuals. On March…

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