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Across the country, families are benefiting from expanded Child Tax Credit
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July 23, 2021

The Coalition on Human Needs, working with Public News Service, is telling the stories of communities and families that are benefiting from the Child Tax Credit expansion. Here are seven stories that have been produced in the past eight days.

CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship, July 23, 2021
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July 23, 2021

The Pandemic of the Unvaccinated edition. New COVID-19 infections are on the rise in all 50 states, in some cases sharply. The Delta variant is flourishing, racing through the bodies of the unvaccinated, particularly in Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana, where most people have not received their shots, and in Florida, which critics say opened up too fully and too quickly. In Arkansas, where only 44.5 percent are fully vaccinated, there are 38 new cases per 100,000 residents. Contrast that with Vermont, with its 77.3 percent vaccination rate and just two cases per 100,000 residents. 

Immigrant advocates: In wake of latest ruling, only Congress can permanently protect DREAMERS 
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July 22, 2021

Last week's ruling from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas bars the government from approving applications from future DACA applicants. It does not, however, immediately affect nearly 650,000 who currently have DACA protection. Still: it highlights the legal uncertainty facing these individuals, many of whom do not even remember their original country because they left it at such an early age. And it is a stark reminder that the only solution for DACA recipients – and others such as Temporary Protected Status holders, farm workers, and other essential workers – is immigration reform in Congress. 

How to Ensure Equity Before and After Birth for All Families? Investments in Paid Leave and Child Care – A Conversation with Advocate Joy Spencer.
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July 22, 2021

CHN's latest Voices for Human Needs Podcast discusses the investments in paid leave and child care with advocate Joy Spencer, the Executive Director of Equity Before Birth, a member of MomsRising, and a single mother of a three-year-old. During our conversation, Joy shares how she is channeling her lived experiences as a working mother to advocate on behalf of improving health outcomes for Black mothers and their children in addition to expanding access to affordable child care options and paid leave opportunities for all working parents.

Breaking: The CTC expansion has arrived, and there is much to celebrate 
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July 15, 2021

During the recent congressional recess, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) traversed his state, speaking with families about the new Child Tax Credit. A mother told Brown that because she now will be able to afford child care, she is returning to work full time. Another mother said she is going to save for her daughter’s future education. A father said he is sending his boy to summer camp for the first time ever. And another parent said their daughter will now be able to play fast-pitch softball because the family can afford to purchase the equipment, for the first time.

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