The 2020 Session was a solid success for Washington's low-income communities-- and a success that we will build off of in years to come. Read on for our session recap!
Kristin’s Story: Social Supports are Essential
Kristin, a current resident of Solid Ground's permanent supportive housing program, describes her experience navigating the housing and mental illness supports available for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness in Washington State.
Pay-to-Pay Would Threaten Housing Security
In order to gain more perspective on how Pay-to-Pay could impact low-income communities, we spoke with Nicole Carbine, a Housing Case Manager at Solid Ground.
Governor’s Budget Makes Critical Investments in Homelessness & Social Safety Net Programs
Anti-poverty advocates are celebrating significant investments in our state’s social safety net proposed in Governor Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget, released this afternoon.
Washington Receives a C in National Debt Protections Report
"No Fresh Start in 2019: How States Still Let Debt Collectors Push Families into Poverty" finds that not one jurisdiction’s laws meet basic standards so that debtors can continue to work productively to support themselves and their families.
Kristen’s Story: A Fight to Access Dental Care
If you’re like many Washingtonians, especially those living on a low income or in a rural area, you may not have seen a dentist in quite some time. That’s because access to routine dental care can be abysmally difficult to obtain if you don’t have the means.
Poverty Action Recommends: Podcasts!
Podcasts are also a great way to be introduced to or learn more about a huge variety of topics, especially those that may seem daunting or complex at first. That’s why we’ve created a list of some of our favorite economics and social justice podcasts!
Listening to Lived Experiences
Listening Sessions are one way Poverty Action advocates alongside communities rather than on their behalf. While the distinction may seem small, it’s vitally important.
Public Charge Ruling is a Continued Attack on Immigrant Communities
Without a doubt, the public charge policy is the newest tool in the current Administration's toolkit to curb immigration, undermine the country's social safety net, and unsettle immigrant communities. This policy blatantly favors wealthy immigrants, and boldly inserts racist, white supremacist, and classist rhetoric into a process which should be open and equitable for all.
Some of TANF’s Harshest Policies Set to be Repealed in Washington State
Earlier this year, state anti-poverty advocates successfully passed a bill that repealed some of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)’s harshest policies, meaning more families will be able to access TANF’s critical support during times of hardship.
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