The President’s Budget 2025

This year the President’s budget was released on Monday, March 11, 2024. The fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget begins on October 1, 2024. This is the fourth budget for the Biden Administration. Due to the unusual FY 2024 budget situation, it was delayed by one month from the statutory first Monday in February outlined under

Point-In-Time Count Report Shows Increase in Homelessness

On December 15, 2023, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released it’s 2023 Annual Homeless Assessment Report: Part 1: Point-in-Time Estimates, which is an annual snapshot of the number of individuals in shelters, temporary housing, and in unsheltered settings. The report found more than 650,000 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night

Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council

On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the new Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC) held its kickoff event in Washington, D.C. The CICC was created to coordinate across federal agencies to reduce child poverty and improve child wellbeing. The agenda included remarks from officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, two panels of experts focusing

National Survey on Economic and Concrete Supports

Chapin Hall, in collaboration with the American Public Human Services Association, developed and administered a national landscape survey of child welfare leaders to better understand state leaders’ perceptions and practices regarding the use of economic and concrete supports in preventing involvement with the child welfare system. According to the survey results, respondents believe both the

Legislative Update

As of the writing of this update, the House of Representatives still has not elected a new Speaker to lead them. As we reported last week, Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy was voted out of the position following his successful bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution that is currently funding the government

House Loses Precious Time While Awaiting Speaker Vote

On October 3rd, 2023, the House of Representatives removed Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from his position of Speaker of the House, marking the first time in history that a Speaker has been voted out. Eight Republicans led the effort and were joined by the House Democrats. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was appointed as Speaker Pro Tempore,

Improving How Poverty Is Measured: Webinar

The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted a webinar to enhance poverty measurement in the United States. The panel of experts proposed elevating the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to become the Principal Poverty Measure (PPM), which would include health insurance and child care as essential needs in addition to traditional

Housing Costs Are Too High for Families with Low Incomes

On June 14, 2023, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Out of Reach 2023: The High Cost of Housing. Published annually, the report highlights the gulf between the wages people earn and the price of modest rental housing in every state, county, metropolitan area, and combined non-metropolitan area in the U.S. This year’s report

Congressman Davis Presents Extension of Remarks for CWLA CEO Christine James-Brown

On April 20th, 2023, Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) offered an Extension of Remarks recognizing Christine James-Brown, President and CEO of CWLA, honoring her upcoming retirement from the organization. From the remarks: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the exceptional service of Christine James-Brown, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Child Welfare

Children’s Bureau Announces Resumption of Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, the Children’s Bureau announced the resumption of Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews. Due to the pandemic, the Title IV-E Reviews to monitor child welfare agencies’ compliance in meeting certain child welfare eligibility requirements had been suspended in March 2020. Their review will start up again at the start of

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