David Elliot

David Elliot has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network. Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.
  • Coming soon: WE COUNT!
  • Alabama and the 2020 Census: ‘Whose child is missing?’
  • The New York Council on Children and Families: How State Agencies Can Make Sure Kids Are Counted
  • Ten Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving
  • In Connecticut, advocates succeed in push for Census funding
  • Better than building Trump’s border wall: Five ideas for investing in America’s families
  • CHN: Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Onerous Health Coverage Mandate for Immigrants
  • CHN: Tuesday Elections Deliver Blow to Medicaid Work Requirements
  • CBPP: Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Lifted 10.6 Million People out of Poverty in 2018
  • Nov. 6 Call-in Day: Tell Your Senators to Support Improving Low-Income Tax Credits
  • CHN: Trump Administration Escalates Attempt to Cut Nutrition Assistance; Advocates Fight Back
  • CHN: Courts Block “Public Charge” Implementation; Trump Issues Harsh Proclamation on Immigrants and Health Care
  • With time running out, former Census Bureau Directors issue bipartisan call for full funding
  • Protecting immigrant children: the last acts of a hero and civil rights icon
  • “Arbitrary and Capricious:” How – and Why – Courts are Defending Human Needs Programs Against Trump’s Relentless Attacks
  • Friday deadline: Act now to oppose HUD rule that would harm low-income and other vulnerable Americans
  • Victories abound for human needs advocates, CHN allies
  • CHN: Border Security Funding Up in the Air, as is Deferred Medical Status
  • CHN: New Census Bureau Data Show Fewer Americans with Health Care Coverage, Tremendous Disparities in Poverty Rates Based on Race and Age
  • The 2019 Human Needs Hero Reception: ‘We are not going backwards.’
  • CHN urges Trump Administration to withdraw threat to SNAP benefits
  • CHN comments on proposal that would cut SNAP benefits for more than 3 million Americans
  • Are child poverty and America’s housing crisis up for debate?
  • Resources from around the Coalition: CHN members weigh in on Census numbers
  • Trump Administration backtracks, in part, on deportation of critically ill immigrants, including children
  • Breaking: ‘The Trump Administration is now literally deporting kids with cancer’
  • With Hurricane Dorian looming, Trump Administration transfers $155 million in disaster aid to ICE
  • ‘Kids Count’ report shows improved child well-being in U.S. – but barriers remain
  • CHN: Trump Administration Moves to End Asylum; ACLU Cries Foul
  • CHN: Citizenship Question Out of 2020 Census, Trump Concedes; But Controversy over Citizenship Question Continues
  • CHN: ACA Headed Back to Supreme Court?
  • CHN: Proposed Rule Would Favor Abusive Debt Collectors over Consumers
  • Inside Mexico’s deteriorating migrant facilities: ‘Three days in total darkness’
  • Hunger doesn’t take a vacation
  • The Miami debates: Did the presidential candidates discuss poverty?
  • Breaking news: Media reports say Trump Administration has dropped efforts to include citizenship question in 2020 Census
  • CHN: Congress Passes Emergency Border Aid after Disagreement among House Democrats
  • ITEP: How Expanding the EITC and Child Tax Credit Would Help Low- and Middle-Income Families
  • At the Poor People’s Campaign, nine presidential candidates discussed poverty
  • CHN: Congress Finally Passes, Trump Finally Signs Disaster Aid Bill
  • Back pay for federal contractors set to advance
  • New details reveal dangerous, dismal conditions in migrant detention facilities
  • Why are migrant children dying? And what can we do about it?
  • After decades of progress, children’s health coverage is now in jeopardy
  • Urban Institute: due to fear, one in seven adults in immigrant families forgoed public benefits
  • CHN: Senate Edges Closer Still to Disaster Aid
  • CHN: Redefining Poverty: The Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Struggling Americans
  • Register now: Webinar to focus on Trump’s latest plan to deny assistance to those in need and how to fight back
  • For immigrants, fear, confusion, and the chilling effect
  • New report: Making WIC work better
  • CHN: Senate Reportedly Closer on Disaster Relief
  • Amid devastating disasters, advocates demand aid for states and territories
  • CHN Joins Call for Immediate Passage of Disaster Aid on National Week of Action
  • CHN supporters share their payday lending stories
  • The U.S. Supreme Court, the Census, and the citizenship question
  • New report documents the dismantling of consumer financial protection
  • Trump and the courts: Why so much losing?
  • Building the American Dream: a documentary
  • Register now: May 2 webinar on Trump Administration’s effort to repeal payday lending protections
  • “Judge Flores…Judge Flores…Where are you when we need you?”
  • CHN: Court Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements; Appeals Expected
  • CHN: Trump Intervention Renews Spotlight on ACA Lawsuit
  • CHN: 71,000 Weigh in on SNAP Rule; Comment Period Extended
  • Religious freedom advocates call on elected officials to protect the ability to practice faith without fear
  • CHN comments to USDA in opposition to harsh time limits for certain SNAP recipients
  • What’s next for the ACA?
  • Trump officials step up attacks on Medicaid; meanwhile, CBPP pushes back on work requirement claims
  • For Puerto Rico, NAP aid could happen soon – but another dark cloud looms
  • CBPP: 2017 Tax Law Heightens Need for New Revenues
  • CHN: Nutrition Assistance Cuts Begin for 1.35 million Puerto Ricans
  • CHN: Trump Issues First Veto, but Fight over Emergency Declaration Continues
  • CHN: Supreme Court Expands Focus of Census Citizenship Question Arguments
  • ATF: No Evidence Trump-GOP Tax Cuts Are Improving the Economy
  • Puerto Rico’s nutrition assistance crisis
  • Who will the Trump budget hurt?
  • NLIHC — A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
  • Puerto Rico: A recovery in reverse?
  • For Puerto Rico, the disasters keep coming
  • CHN: SNAP Rule Could Force 755,000 Off Benefits
  • CHN: House Votes to Nullify Trump’s National Emergency Declaration
  • Could we cut child poverty in half? Why, yes.
  • CWLA: The Family First Prevention Services Act
  • The SNAP Gap: Why millions of Americans will face a food scarcity crisis this month and next
  • The Arc: Disability Perspectives on Paid Leave — A Qualitative Analysis of Leave-taking Among Workers Affected by Disability or Serious Health Conditions
  • The Shutdown’s Aftermath: Yes, Government Has a Role. Now We Have to Contain the Damage
  • CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Basic Facts
  • CDF: Child Poverty in America 2017 — State Analysis
  • NLIHC: Out of Reach — The High Cost of Housing
  • NLIHC: The Gap — A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
  • Day 35 of the Trump Shutdown: Let them eat loans
  • OSAH: Within Reach — Ambitious Federal Solutions to Meet the Housing Needs of the Most Vulnerable People
  • Community Action Partnership: National Impact Report — Building Opportunity for All
  • The Trump Shutdown: For affordable housing advocates, ‘The crisis has arrived’
  • Electricity bill or epilepsy meds? Furloughed worker must choose.
  • Shutdown Central
  • CHN Analysis: The Trump Shutdown is now the longest failure to provide for federal services in American history
  • CHN Analysis — The Trump Shutdown is now the longest failure to provide for federal services in American history
  • Trump Shutdown: ‘More of a Shakedown than a Shutdown’
  • Day 20: The Trump Shutdown’s forgotten workers
  • Human needs concerns mount as the Trump Shutdown continues
  • Shutdown update: what you can do today and how to learn more
  • Stories from the Trump Shutdown
  • CHN submits comments in opposition to drug testing of UI applicants
  • Paul Ryan and “complex problems”
  • The Trump Shutdown: approaching Dec. 21, here’s what matters
  • Immigrant children and the underpinning of cruelty
  • CHN welcomes diverse array of new Board members
  • Deadlines.
  • 10 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
  • Before you go…
  • Generation Indigenous
  • Expected in 2019: Five more Medicaid expansion states. And more could follow.
  • In a tough election season, human needs advocates mark progress
  • UnidosUS: Power of the Purse — How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy
  • Migration Policy Institute: The U.S. Asylum System in Crisis — Charting a Way Forward
  • Migration Policy Institute: Protecting the DREAM — The Potential Impact of Different Legislative Scenarios on Unauthorized Youth
  • UnidosUS: Living the American Dream — Profiles of DACA Recipients
  • Can’t wait to vote?
  • Immigrant children are under attack. Here’s how to fight back
  • One year ago, the world changed forever.
  • CBPP: Policy Basics — Public Housing
  • Harvard University: The State of the Nation’s Housing
  • The Crisis in America’s Housing: Confronting Myths and Promoting a Balanced Housing Policy
  • First Focus: Key Facts about CHIP and How It Helps Kids
  • CBPP: Introduction to Medicaid
  • Families USA: The Affordable Care Act is a Milestone for High-Quality Health Care
  • National Women’s Law Center: The Wage Gap — The Who, How, Why, and What To Do
  • NELP-EPI Fact Sheet: Why America Needs a $15 Minimum Wage
  • First Focus: Children’s Budget Book 2018
  • National Priorities Project: Federal Budget Tipsheet — The Federal Budget Process
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus Unveils The People’s Budget
  • CBPP: Low-Income Programs Not Driving Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem
  • USDA Facts About SNAP
  • Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation
  • SNAP – Building a Healthy Foundation for Today and Tomorrow
  • FRAC: How Hungry is America?
  • Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
  • Hurricane Trump
  • Hurricane Maria deadlier than Katrina, new study finds
  • Join Us: Sept. 6 CHN Webinar To Preview New Census Data
  • We did it! 250,000 comments submitted. You demanded a fair and thorough 2020 Census.
  • Every person should count — and be counted.
  • The People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward
  • Celebrating the heroes
  • The fight against hunger: the economy improves, but not for all children
  • The tax law six months out: a ‘frontal assault on communities of color’
  • Code Red: The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention
  • This is not America as we know it
  • ‘Puerto Rico wasn’t destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico was destroyed decades and decades ago.’
  • As hurricane season begins, a new death toll in Puerto Rico. And an island woefully unprepared for what may come.
  • Consumer protections from payday lenders survive – for now
  • Why work requirements won’t work
  • “Welcome to Puerto Rico, this is what we know as ‘life’
  • Six months after Maria
  • Left behind after Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Children
  • “Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers.”
  • Rallying for the Dreamers
  • Condescension in a box: The Trump administration’s SNAP proposal
  • Will Congress grant free rein to predatory payday lenders?
  • Withdraw the rule. Protect tipped workers.
  • How to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union
  • Missing.
  • Payday lending: A cycle of debt and desperation
  • An affront to democracy
  • Cuts by any other name
  • Stealing Tips
  • “Monday is my 34th birthday. I probably won’t have many more.”
  • No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here.
  • What do some Montanans think about the tax bill?
  • Who benefits the most from the House GOP tax proposal?
  • Legalized stealing
  • Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure
  • Report Shows Progress Against Poverty in PA, But Threats Ahead
  • CHN Report: Poverty rate flat in West Virginia, threats on the horizon
  • ‘They’re going to be sailing off into the horizon, laughing all the way’
  • ‘This budget is heartless and tragic’
  • House budget proposal would undermine national security
  • Security and Stability: The Importance of Paid Leave
  • ‘It’s sad that we have to have this happen for us to come together’ 
  • CHN’s Human Needs Hero Reception: ‘It is indeed dark days, but it is the work we signed up for’
  • ‘We have witnessed firsthand…the lack of quality, affordable healthcare in this country’
  • The GOP on health care: Maybe they should quit while they’re behind?
  • The People’s Filibuster to Stop #Trumpcare
  • Casey Foundation to Policymakers: Don’t Backtrack on Gains for U.S. Children
  • Meanwhile, 1012 miles away…
  • ‘This is our problem. This is our plague.’
  • ‘I’m ashamed that hunger is a problem in this country and I think it’s a travesty’
  • The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance
  • CHN on CBO analysis: 23 million reasons why House health care bill must be defeated
  • Hands Off!
  • Stand together against budget cuts
  • CHN on Health Care Repeal Vote: ‘A Day of Shame for the U.S. House of Representatives’
  • ‘Why would anyone want to diminish the access to health care we’ve been able to create?’
  • Fight for $15: Advocates rally for increase in federal minimum wage
  • Tell Congress: Do No Harm
  • “Evicted” Author wins Pulitzer Prize for work on homelessness, housing affordability
  • She told Paul Ryan what it’s like to be poor
  • Marching for tax fairness
  • CHN’s Deborah Weinstein featured on Ralph Nader Radio Hour
  • Gil Lykens’ Story: Exhibit A in the Case for Preserving Medicaid