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 Congress: We’re so close! Make these historic investments in our people and country!
Many of our priorities are included in the Build Back Better Act being prepared by House Committees right now. But we have more work to do!
We need to fight to maintain those critical items such as paid leave and the expanded Child Tax Credit—and fight for even more of our shared agenda, such as home and community based care for the aging and people with disabilities, and allow the federal government to negotiate lower Medicare and private insurance drug prices.
We’re so close to the finish line! With the House of Representatives likely voting by September 27th on this entire package, we must make sure every member of Congress hears from us NOW, demanding these critical components remain intact and pass!
Here are some of the provisions that we have learned are included in the historic Build Back Better Act, which makes essential investments in people, families and communities.
The poorest families with children can claim the full Child Tax Credit, on a permanent basis; and the increased dollar amount per child in the CTC will continue through 2025.
The legislation makes permanent the modifications to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) which were included in the American Rescue Plan. That means the credit is fully available to families with low earnings and the maximum credit is increased to $4,000 for one dependent and $8,000 for two or more.
It provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants including Dreamers, people fleeing violence and disaster, and essential workers, including farmworkers.
The bill continues the $500 credit for non-child dependents.
It makes permanent the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) increase for people without dependents.
It closes the Medicaid coverage gap to open up care to poor people now left out.
And, the bill provides funding for education and job training to help working people develop the skills to embark on a fulfilling career.
Now, it’s up to our national grassroots coalition to make sure these provisions remain intact as this budget emerges from the House.
Together, we must remind wavering Democrats that we can afford investments in working people, the aging, children, the sick and the poor when we finally ask corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.
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.