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 email@example.com 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 COVID relief now.
Tell the Senate:
“The House passed essential COVID-19 relief legislation on Saturday. Now, we need the Senate to act swiftly. Millions of families are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, and states, schools and local governments need our help to ensure they have the resources to keep our communities safe.”
The House voted on Saturday to send the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package to the Senate.We are getting closer to sending much needed relief to struggling families and cash-strapped states.
Now, we need the Senate to act. There is no margin of error in the Senate.
Write to your U.S. Senators right now, urging them to pass this $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, which will provide aid to millions of U.S. households―to put more money in the pockets of low- and no-income families, cut childhood poverty in half and protect families against eviction and hunger.
There are new reports that some Senators are backing off of their commitment to provide essential aid to states, schools and local governments—money that’s urgently needed to continue to provide essential services during and beyond the pandemic.
President Biden’s $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bill contains $350 billion in relief for state and local governments, plus $170 billion for education. These funds will play a critical role for dozens of states that have hemorrhaged tax revenue during the pandemic recession. Alaska, for instance, saw state revenues fall by more than 42% during the pandemic. And it is needed to allow schools to open safely, with the extra help children will need if they’ve fallen behind.
The bill, passed by the U.S. House, provides truly important help where it is most needed. It would extend jobless benefits, provide substantial increases to the Child Tax Credit and EITC—which would cut childhood poverty nearly in half—fund housing and nutrition aid, provide $1,400 direct payments to people throughout our country, fund vaccine distribution, prevent child care providers from shutting down permanently, expand health care, and much more.
This direct aid to people, families and communities is critical to helping those struggling from loss of income, and it’s critical to getting us through this deadly pandemic.
While the House measure extends unemployment benefits, we need it to go further. Millions of families throughout our country are facing the dire circumstances of losing a job through no fault of their own. The House bill lets jobless benefits expire at the end of August. Economists know that’s not enough time, and worse, Congress will be in recess and unable to extend benefits in a timely way. Together, we need to make sure Congress extends this essential lifeline to at least early October.
The we’re-still-counting-votes-and-COVID-cases edition. Even as a record number of Americans cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, COVID-19 cases in the U.S. reached staggering levels. For the first time, we surpassed 100,000 new cases in a single day. Case levels have reached alarming new records in recent days as outbreaks continue to grow across the country. Weekly infection rates reached record levels in nearly half the country in late October. Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota are among the states struggling to handle the onslaught of cases amid shortages of both nurses – who themselves are infected or in quarantine – and ICU beds.
Meanwhile, economists are warning of a “double dip” recession in the coming months, caused by the surge in infections. But there could be a hint of good news on the horizon. This week, in a post-election reversal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up a COVID-19 relief package when it returns for its lame-duck session. We don’t know how serious McConnell is or how robust the package will be, but McConnell did open the door to the possibility that it will include aid for state and local governments – urgently needed so that governments can continue to provide essential services, and to prevent further layoffs of government workers, which in turn would cause further damage to the economy.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. on November 5. This was one day after the number of daily cases first exceeded 100,000, and marked a 54% increase from two weeks earlier. Tweet this.
More than 800
The average number of COVID-19 deaths per day in the U.S. in early November. That’s below the spring peak, but much higher than in early July. Tweet this.
Proportion of tenants not caught up on rent, as surveyed from October 14-26 (8.4 million people). More than one in five people in households where someone lost work income is behind in rent.
The number of eviction filings in 24 cities tracked by Princeton University’s Eviction Lab since March. Currently, a moratorium prevents actual evictions, but landlords may still proceed with filings. In Maryland, “hundreds” of eviction filings were submitted in court by Westminster Management, part owned by Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner. Westminster adds court fees to the rent owed when the notices are filed.