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.
Sign if you agree! The Senate must finally pass pandemic relief
Millions of vulnerable people including children and families continue to struggle to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lame-duck session, the Senate must address the urgent needs of workers, children and families and prevent the loss of education and other vital services.
We need to tell the Senate to act, and to finally pass desperately needed pandemic relief for millions of struggling Americans. The House passed a needed package of COVID-relief legislation to address the incredible need of people throughout our country back in mid-May―six months ago! Then the House passed another bill intended to push negotiations forward in October. Time and again, Mitch McConnell and Senate leadership have chosen to do absolutely nothing on behalf of millions of people who are suffering.
On Election Day, tens of millions of Americans made their priorities clear: focus on COVID-19, create good-paying jobs to lift up working families, and meet the urgent needs of children and families.
More than 20 million jobs have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. And while roughly half of those have been recovered, the staggering amount of job losses is dramatically increasing hardship, leaving families on the brink of hunger and homelessness. One in five renters with children is behind on rent, and 12 million adults living with children say they did not have enough to eat in the previous week. More delay will cause needless harm to people’s health and lives.
We cannot wait any longer. We must demand the Senate immediately act to provide COVID-19 relief.
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.