About David Elliot

Communications Director
Coalition on Human Needs

David Elliot joined CHN as Communications Director in 2016 and 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.

LaJuana Clark’s Story: ‘It’s not how I start. It’s how I finish.’

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June 21, 2016

Editor’s note: Last week, we discussed CHN’s June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity. As part of that event, we heard the story of LaJuana Clark, who has struggled with homelessness and under-employment. This is LaJuana’s story. We encourage you to watch a recording of the event Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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What works to fight poverty?

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June 16, 2016

Poverty has been in the news a lot lately. Two years ago we marked the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s famous War on Poverty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which supplanted Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). And a GOP task force whose members were Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Unemployment Insurance

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A hug from Paul Ryan

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May 17, 2016

Hugs are nice. But hunger advocates such as Tianna Gaines-Turner want policy-makers and members of Congress to know that as nice as a hug is, it does not put food on the table, workers in good-paying jobs, or families in affordable, secure housing. On Monday, Gaines-Turner, who lives in Philadelphia and works part-time as a Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Income Support, SNAP

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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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‘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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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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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 »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Poverty and Income

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Pfizer Update: The Tax Coalition That Could

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April 6, 2016

The good news just keeps coming. Yesterday we told you about new U.S. Treasury Department guidelines that would reduce the benefits and limit the number of companies that use the tax inversion loophole. These guidelines get at the tax-dodging strategies employed by Pfizer, which has been trying to dodge a $35 billion tax bill by Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Sorry, Pfizer (not sorry!)

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April 5, 2016

Back in February, we told you about a tax-dodging scheme that is all too common in this day and age: Pfizer, a U.S. pharmaceutical company and one of the world’s largest, wanted to avoid $35 billion in U.S. taxes on about $148 billion in profits the company maintains offshore. It would do this by merging Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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