We are deeply saddened at the passing of Susan Rees, a great builder of the Coalition on Human Needs who served as Executive Director from 1983 to 1991.
We are so grateful Susan’s family has suggested contributions be made to CHN in Susan’s memory to continue the fight for justice.
If you would like to contribute to honor Susan Rees, please use the form below and email Radha Rath at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are contributing in Susan’s memory.
You may also contribute by mail at the following address: Coalition on Human Needs, 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 411, Washington, DC 20006.
Tell the Senate: Pass legislation to help struggling families during the pandemic
Tell the Senate:
“As substantial federal direct aid programs begin to expire at the end of this month, immediate action is needed to help people and families in need, including $600 per week in continued enhanced unemployment benefits, cash aid, and a boost of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Failing to do this will harm millions of people, and will especially hurt children in families struggling to make ends meet.”
Nearly half of all households have seen losses in income from work. Unprecedented numbers of people and families are unable to pay their rent and risk eviction. The most recent data show one in five households couldn’t pay rent in May. For Black and Latinx households, and households with children, it’s one in four. There are also an alarming number of people throughout the United States who are unable to get enough to eat because of the income losses they’ve sustained during the pandemic.
This is shocking data, and we must not allow ourselves—or Congress—to become numb to the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.
Week after week, the toll of the pandemic grows, damaging the health and economic security of millions. Joblessness is skyrocketing; shocking numbers are running out of food, losing health insurance, and failing to pay rent. These are depression conditions, and Congress’ response must match the severity of the downturn to prevent another Great Depression. Each of these numbers point to solutions Congress must speedily enact.