Our public policy priorities support the shared goal of the State’s 23 community action agencies to help our vulnerable friends and neighbors who are living with low incomes – over 600,000 per year in virtually every city and town – to stabilize their lives and achieve economic mobility.
That goal, derived from the language of the federal law that created community action agencies more than 50 years ago, to be the nationwide mandated anti-poverty network, is pursued in part through advocacy for a variety of budget and legislative initiatives that, taken together, will strengthen individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities across the state…and make the economy work for everyone.
Through a broad-based education and advocacy effort, we look forward to working with allied organizations and legislators to affect change through four broad public policy goals:
Strengthening Families through Affordable and Accessible Early Education and Care
- Increase the early education teacher salary line item
- Increase the state Head Start line item
- Support for programs that help connect families with early education and care (Child Care Resource and Referral Access Management in Early Education)
- Maximize the amount available to nonprofits to build early education and care facilities (Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund-EEOST)
Bridging the Wage Gap
- Support the work of free tax preparation (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – VITA) sites run by CAAs and others
- Expand the state earned income tax credit (EITC) to 50 percent of the federal EITC
Creating a Foundation for Economic Opportunity
- Immediate Need: Add Supplemental FY19 Allocation of $30M for Fuel Assistance
- Support Services for Unaccompanied Youth Housing and Wraparound Services
- Renew program to help low income homeowners cover rising water and sewer bills (LISAWAP)
- Provide more vouchers to low income renters (MRVP)
- Remove the cap on welfare benefits to families with newborn children
Strengthening Critical Human Services Infrastructure
- Support legislation to address inequality, promote opportunity and end poverty. Authorize a line item to strengthen communities and support Community Action Agencies
- Provide additional resources for the state’s legal assistance network
Please return to this page for regular updates as the legislative and budget processed unfold at the state house.