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.
Call your Senators today to tell them it’s time to #DoYourJob!
Last Thursday, Senator Mitch McConnell and the Senate failed to advance an inadequate, “skinny” COVID relief bill. Now, the next two weeks are critical to passing a real, robust pandemic relief bill that directly supports families and individuals who are most in need right now. If the Senate fails to act this month, it will delay any relevant action until after Election Day—and very likely until January. Every day that passes, more families slip closer to economic disaster. Call your Senators today to tell them it’s time to #DoYourJob!
The Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey recently revealed how many people in the U.S. are falling through the cracks:
22 million people are in households that don’t have enough to eat;
At least 14% of households are behind on rent;
45% of adults live in households that have lost income from work—disproportionately impacting people of color: nearly 6 in 10 Latinx households and more than half of Black households have lost income.
76 million adults—one-third of all American households—said in the past week they found it somewhat or very difficult to pay their usual household bills.
With flu season approaching, the fall and winter are going to bring new challenges and threats from COVID-19. If Congress doesn’t act soon, conditions for families, essential workers, and health care workers are only going to deteriorate. Call your Senators today to demand real action on passing a COVID-19 package that meets the needs of our nation.
Tell Your Senators, #DoYourJob: 888-496-3502
Call twice to reach both of your Senators.
When you call, here’s what you might say:
“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [town]. I am calling to ask the Senator to pass a robust COVID-19 relief bill that protects families and communities from economic disaster. Millions of families have lost their jobs and can’t afford their rent, food, and health care. People and small businesses need real help to weather this crisis, not partisan games. We need the Senate to get back to work and pass an adequate COVID relief bill now.”
Thank you for your advocacy!
CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship September 11, 2020
The Reckless Abandonment Edition. While President Trump admits to misleading the American public on the health threat posed by COVID-19 – and more than 191,000 Americans are dead partly as a result – there can be no denying that the economic threat our country faces is dire. And yet: still no meaningful action from the Senate. Food scarcity in this country is exploding at an alarming rate. An eviction moratorium is in place, but due to loopholes and bureaucracy, people are still being evicted – and tens of millions more will join them early next year unless Congress provides emergency rental assistance. The $600 weekly federal UI payment has long expired – and the temporary, not-quite-workable $300 that the President authorized by taking disaster relief funds from FEMA soon will run out, even in states that are distributing the relief (almost two-thirds are not). Unemployment is rising again, but without schools and child care centers re-opening, many parents will be unable to work – even if they could find jobs, which many can’t. But instead of offering a serious response, Senate Majority Leader McConnell put a grossly inadequate bill on the floor that predictably and rightfully failed. That leaves the possibility that no relief package will be approved until the new year. This is unacceptable and outrageous. Bipartisan negotiations in Washington, D.C. must begin immediately.
The number of statesthat have made payments to jobless workers under President Trump’s Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program. The rest have not yet started (South Dakota won’t provide this aid at all). Texas already has announced its last payment, offering only six weeks of aid. Tweet this.
The number of households in America’s four largest cities – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston – that report facing serious financial problems, with issues ranging from depleting their savings to serious problems paying rent, according to a new poll. It’s worse for Latinx and Black households. Tweet this.
The number of Americans who could be food insecure by year’s end, according to Feeding America. That would be a 46% increase since the pandemic began.
$312b – $500b
The combined budget shortfall through summer 2022 for state and local governments, respectively, according to an analysis by Moody Analytics.
The number of adults who reported that they or someone in their household didn’t have enough to eat in the past seven days. That was true of 12 million adults in households with children — 14.1% of all adults in households with children.
The percentage of people Feeding America’s more than 200 food banks nationwide are serving who had never had to rely upon a charitable food system before the pandemic struck.
The number of adults who are now uninsured. (18.6 million of these are between the ages of 18 and 64.)