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: We are facing a national emergency and public health crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic is raging, killing more than a quarter million Americans, with more than a million new cases in the past week. While cases are surging, millions of people are teetering on an economic cliff. By December 26th, 16 million people will have lost unemployment benefits. And on New Year’s Eve, the eviction moratorium expires, forcing struggling families from their homes.
We cannot allow millions of people to lose their economic lifeline. If they do, families will be forced to move into overcrowded conditions, leading to further spread of COVID-19. As jobless benefits expire, more families will be forced to decide whether to heat their home, feed their children, or sink further into debt. All of these hardships have a shamefully disproportionate impact on communities of color and people with low incomes.
Month after month, the Senate has failed to act. Meanwhile, every day we are getting closer to the expiration of critical programs that are keeping millions of Americans afloat. The House passed a comprehensive pandemic relief package in mid-May and again in October. But the Senate has failed to act.
The Senate must immediately pass legislation which:
enacts emergency rental assistance and prevents evictions, utility shutoffs, and homelessness, especially for children.
extends pandemic unemployment benefits and restores the $600/week pandemic unemployment compensation.
provides more cash aid and food assistance.
funds health services for COVID testing and treatment and for vaccine development and distribution.
provides funding to every state throughout our country to ensure our essential workers―teachers, first responders, child care and health care workers―are not furloughed or laid off throughout the winter, as COVID cases are spiking.
Labor Day Edition. In August, we saw slower progress in job growth than in the previous two months. The 1.4 million jobs gained included 238,000 temporary Census workers, whose jobs will end in about a month. While total unemployment declined to 8.4 percent, it was 13 percent for Blacks, 10.5 percent for Latinx, and 7.3 percent for whites, underscoring continued disparities in the way the pandemic recession is hitting different racial/ethnic groups. COVID-19 is not going away.“There are several states that are at risk for surging, namely North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, warning about the possibility of further spread over the holiday weekend. It’s been 5 weeks since the termination of the $600/week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and so far only 15 percent of workers have seen the $300/week promised by the Trump Administration. The Senate took zero steps to act during its 25–day vacation; they’re coming back right after Labor Day, and what they will do is very unclear. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control judged the threat of millions of evictions a public health emergency requiring a broad moratorium on evictions through December 31. But with millions using up their meager savings to try to pay bills and one-third to nearly half of Latinx and Black households with children unable to pay rent, emergency rental assistance and more income assistance is going to be needed to keep people in their homes.
In 41 states (including Guam and D.C.) COVID caseloads either stayed the same or roseover the most recent 2-week period. (In 15 states plus Guam new cases per capita rose; 24 states plus DC stayed the same.)
How muchmoney jobless people have lost in 5 weeks since the $600/week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation was allowed to expire that they would have received if the House’s HEROES Act had been signed into law. Tweet this.
The growth from 2019 to 2020 in the percentage of Black households with children that were falling behind in rent or mortgage payments or predicting they would. Among Latinx households with children, the percentage increased from 33% to 44%. Among white households with children, the percentage rose only from 18.5% to 19.2%.
30 to 40 million
The number of people in renter households facing eviction – as cited by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in its order announcing an eviction moratorium through December 31. So many evictions would result in overcrowding in housing and more homeless people in shelters, creating a public health emergency by increasing the spread pf COVID-19, CDC found. To make sure the moratorium applies to tenants, they need this from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.