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About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery is CHN’s Senior Policy Writer. In addition to writing for CHN’s blog, Voices for Human Needs, she is the author of the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She has over 17 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Lecia managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women. Before coming to DC in 2006, she worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

Why We Do the Work We Do Together

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July 16, 2018

The CHN office is always a flurry of activity. With a small staff and so much to do to protect and expand basic needs programs that help our low-income neighbors, there’s no time to sit still. This week is even busier as we take care of final preparations for our Human Needs Hero reception on Thursday, July 19th, where Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, gun violence, Immigration, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: The Anti-baby Administration

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July 11, 2018

  “Believe me, I love babies.” – then-candidate Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in 2016.   I can almost hear Donald Trump’s voice in my head saying a line that easily could have followed the one above: “No one loves babies more than I do.” But if Candidate Trump really loved babies, something drastic must have happened Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration

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The Human Needs Report: Cuts Fail in Senate, Immigration Bills Defeated in House, Bipartisan Opioid Bill Passes, and More

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July 2, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on FY19 spending and cuts, SNAP, important Supreme Court decisions, efforts to combat the opioid crisis and immigration bills in the House, and more. Click here for a PDF version. Spending Cuts Package Falls in the Senate Advocates breathed a sigh Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Immigration, Opioids, SNAP

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The Human Needs Report: Immigration bills in the House, a better bill for SNAP, FY19 spending, and more

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June 19, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on immigration bills in the House, advocates fighting to stop family separations at the border, a better bill for SNAP, a spending cuts package, and FY19 spending work. Click here for a PDF version. Senate to Take up Spending Cuts Package this Week Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Immigration, Labor and Employment, SNAP

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Fact of the Week: Three-Quarters of states still have higher levels of need than before the Great Recession

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June 6, 2018

Residents in 37 states and the District of Columbia were still experiencing higher levels of need in 2017 than they were in 2007, before the Great Recession. This is one of the findings in the latest edition of the Human Needs Index (HNI), a multidimensional measure of poverty conducted by The Salvation Army and the Read More »

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Fact of the Week: Four in ten Americans would struggle with unexpected expense of $400

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May 24, 2018

Four in 10 adults either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400 or would have to borrow money or sell something to cover it, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve System. The picture is bleaker for people with a high school degree or less: 54 percent of these respondents said they Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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Supreme Court decision benefits corporations at the expense of workers

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May 23, 2018

“[T]he Supreme Court has dramatically tilted the legal system against the working people, paving the way for corporations to break workplace laws with impunity. … Every American needs to know that the Trump Administration sided not with the workers in this case, but with the corporations that want to strip away workers’ rights.”  The above Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment

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The Human Needs Report: Defeating SNAP Cuts, Rescissions Package on Deck, Consumer Protections Wins and Losses, and More

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May 21, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for pieces on defeating harmful cuts to SNAP/food stamps, a spending cuts package in the House, one win and one loss for consumer protections, and more. Click here for a PDF version. House Could Vote on Spending Cuts Package this Week The House Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Census, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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How the House’s SNAP cuts would hurt children

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May 11, 2018

The House is likely to vote as soon as next week on the Farm Bill, legislation that includes the reauthorization of SNAP/food stamps. Despite historically being a bipartisan bill, the version put forth by the House GOP leaders this year includes sweeping, even stricter work requirements for recipients than those that are already in place. Read More »

Categories: Food and Nutrition, SNAP

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Fact of the Week: Nearly 70 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since FY10

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May 8, 2018

Afterschool programs for children cut by nearly 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut by more than 40 percent. Housing for the elderly cut by 28 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut by one-third. Heating and cooling assistance for low-income people cut by more than one-third (38 percent). Out of the 181 programs tracked by Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, child care, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Poverty and Income, Social Services

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