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.

Mr. Foreclosure goes to Washington

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January 20, 2017

When Colleen Ison-Hodroff’s husband bought a reverse mortgage on their fully-paid home through Financial Freedom, a subsidiary of OneWest, the broker assured the couple that Colleen could keep living there even if her husband passed away. Yet, just days after her husband’s funeral, Colleen received a notice that she had to immediately pay off the Read More »

Categories: Economy, Home foreclosures, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income

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Secretary of Labor Violations?

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January 12, 2017

“My experience at Carl’s Jr. left me feeling hopeless. I tried to communicate the problems experienced with my supervisors, and yet the problem continued and nothing was done about it. If Andrew Puzder allowed these things to happen at a company like Carl’s Jr, how would he protect workers across the country?” – Abel Gonzalez, Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage

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‘People recognize that we are in the fight of our lives’

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December 22, 2016

Editor’s note: Politico Pro recently interviewed CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein about what CHN expects and fears with the new Congress and incoming Administration. This is their published article. Remember that whether you are an individual or whether you represent a local, state or national organization, you can signify your support for CHN’s SAVE for Read More »

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

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Don’t agonize — Organize!

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December 20, 2016

Last week, some 1,400 people from across the country signed up for a CHN-sponsored webinar entitled, The New Congress: How It Plans to Cut and How to Fight Back. The webinar featured U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat who has led anti-hunger efforts in Congress; Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs for the Food Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Security, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Get the lead out, finally!

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November 28, 2016

Today the Coalition on Human Needs joined three other prominent, national organizations in calling on Congress to approve funding for Flint, Michigan and other communities harmed by lead poisoning. The statement, issued by CHN, the American Academy of Pediatrics, First Focus Campaign for Children, and MomsRising, notes that Congress back in September pledged to commit Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Lead Poisoning, Poverty and Income

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The high cost of being poor in the U.S.

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September 20, 2016

Today, fresh off the new U.S. Census Bureau poverty numbers, we released The High Cost of Being Poor in the U.S., which explores challenges the 43.1 million adults and children still living in poverty face. These challenges include high costs in areas such as rent, food, child care and predatory lending. A few highlights: 59 Read More »

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

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Impossible Choices.

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September 14, 2016

Of course we know that hunger exists in America – and that an estimated 15.3 million children in our country, or one in five, live in a household where there is a real risk they will go hungry. Often studies of childhood hunger involve very young children – up to five years of age, for Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services

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Important gains in median household income, poverty rate, and health coverage. Yet there is more to be done.

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September 13, 2016

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released important new data on poverty, median household income, and the number of Americans covered by health insurance. Below is a statement by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein responding to the new data. “The official poverty rate is down, median household income is up, and the percentage of uninsured Americans Read More »

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

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Five pints of Guinness

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September 1, 2016

By now you probably have heard the news: The European Union has ruled that Apple has received billions of dollars in illegal tax breaks from Ireland’s government and owes $14.5 billion in back taxes. Although Ireland already has a (relatively low) 12.5 percent corporate tax rate, the EU’s European Commission actually stated in a news Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Lead Poisoning, Opioids, Tax Policy, Zika

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Ignoring an epidemic

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August 31, 2016

This is what the expansion of an epidemic looks like. The Zika virus has now been detected in 67 countries, including most of the Americas. In the 50 states of the U.S., more than 2,500 cases of Zika have been reported, affecting every state except for Alaska and Wyoming. Almost all of these cases resulted Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Zika

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