2.5 Million Fewer Poor People in 2016; Now-threatened programs made the difference

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September 12, 2017

The poverty rate declined to 12.7 percent in 2016, down from 13.5 percent in 2015 and from 14.8 percent in 2014, according to new U.S. Census data released Tuesday.  That 2.1 percentage point drop is the largest two-year decline since 1969. Since 2014, the number of people in poverty has dropped by more than 6 Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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What to look for in the new Census Bureau data

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September 11, 2017

Editor’s note: On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual estimates of poverty, household income and health insurance coverage for 2016.  What follows is a description both of trends CHN will be examining from the 2016 data, and questions CHN will be raising about the future of poverty and prosperity in Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Disaster Relief, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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Security and Stability: The Importance of Paid Leave

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September 8, 2017

In 1992, Lauren and her husband Steve, of Mercerville, New Jersey, welcomed their daughter Stephanie to the family.  They didn’t know it at the time, but they would become the textbook argument for paid family and medical leave, both in their home state and across the country. “Like most expectant mothers, I thought I would Read More »

Categories: Disabilities, Health, Income Support

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Fact of the Week: 15.6 million American households were food insecure in 2016

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September 6, 2017

An estimated 15.6 million American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2016, meaning they were not always able to provide enough food for all household members. This is the finding of the USDA’s annual report on food security in the U.S., released earlier today. The proportion of households who were Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, SNAP

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After Harvey: A self-inflicted fiscal disaster in Washington?

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September 5, 2017

Editor’s note: The following op-ed by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein was originally published by The Hill on September 4. Urge Congress to fix disasters, not inflict them, by emailing your representative and senators today. For all the background you need on Congress’ list of do’s and don’ts for September, click here. Search-and-rescue operations continue in Texas, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Hurricane Harvey, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy, Zika

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Trump’s Decision on the Dreamers Coming Tuesday

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September 1, 2017

While 800,000 young people and their families waited fearfully to see if the Trump Administration would turn their world upside down, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday that the President’s decision about the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 5. President Trump has sent mixed signals Read More »

Categories: Executive orders, Immigration

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‘It’s sad that we have to have this happen for us to come together’ 

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September 1, 2017

The numbers are staggering: a death toll of 39, rising almost by the hour.  Nearly 50,000 homes in Houston alone flooded and uninhabitable.  30 percent of Harris County submerged – an area that is equivalent in size to Chicago and New York City combined.  294,000 people without power, from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur.  Nearly Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Hurricane Harvey

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22-day vigil to defend DACA

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August 23, 2017

The dedicated activists stand steps away from the White House, with signs calling on Congress and the Trump administration to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) programs. When passersby stop and sign their petition, the volunteers cheer and celebrate. They know they are raising awareness and increasing Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Spending bills’ one-two punch to working families

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August 22, 2017

When members of Congress return to D.C. after Labor Day, they’ll have a lot to do in a short time. At the top of Congress’s “must do” list is passing spending legislation to keep the government open after the new fiscal year starts on October 1. With only 12 days in September when both the Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness, Job Training and Education

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Using the new poverty, income and health insurance data: a practical guide

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August 17, 2017

On September 12 and 14, the Census Bureau will release its annual poverty, income and health insurance survey data. That’s why on Thursday, September 7th, 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET, CHN will host a handy webinar to show you how to use the local, state, and national findings. You’ll get brilliant predictions and insights about Read More »

Categories: Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income

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