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Poverty Action builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. We envision a state where people of all income levels fully promote and participate in building the fabric of socially, politically, and economically just communities.

Invest in TANF to Help Strengthen Families

Check out the recent post our own Lara Sim co-wrote with Elena Hernandez from Budget & Policy Center! “Kids do better when their parents do better. So policymakers should look for ways to leverage and enhance the tools we have to ensure that they are improving outcomes for the entire family. A great place to […]

Oppose High Cost Small Loans (Payday lending) and Debt Settlement bills!

Dear community partners, Please consider signing onto our letter to lawmakers encouraging them to oppose a bill that would increase predatory lending and debt settlement in our state. Right now in Olympia, payday lenders are again attempting to skirt Washington’s consumer protections, this time by creating a new financial product.  HB 1922/SB 5899 are bills that […]

2015 Legislative Agenda is Now Online

Dear Members and Friends, My heart sank when I heard the news that Washington state is one of just three states in the US where poverty increased last year (the others are New Jersey and New Mexico). While disheartening, I am reminded of why the work we do together is so important. We can and […]

Registration for MLK Day is CLOSED!

Registration is CLOSED for our MLK Day event. If you have registered, you will be receiving emails with logistical information about the event. We believe that systemic change is the only way to deliver on the goals and vision Dr. King laid out over 40 years ago. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Poverty Action […]

Our Position on Ballot Measures

Poverty Action has taken a position on some of this year’s main ballot initiatives to help you consider their impacts. We’ve listed our positions in the order in which they appear on the ballot.   Initiatives 591 & 594: Background Checks for Gun Sales Everyone in Washington should be able to live in safe communities. […]