Public Policy Agenda

Federal Issues

Non-profit Capacity Building

  • Maintain the Charitable Tax Deduction for donors to help vulnerable individuals and families.
  • Maintain the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, that are valuable resources which help provide stability for low income families.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for struggling childless adults.

Increase Financial Stability

  • Improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to deliver health plan options that are affordable, accessible, and provides adequate services.

Ensure Children Succeed

  • Preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Restore and maintain Early Head Start and Head Start funding at or above pre-sequestration levels.
  • Support funding and implementation of Childcare and Development Block Grants.
  • Maintain funding for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act that supports non-congregate meal programs; builds summer and after school programs and improves meal programs including breakfast in the classroom.



State Issues

Ensure Children and Youth Succeed

  • Restore funding cuts and maintain current program levels in education, including early childhood, such as First Things First (FTF).
  • Support funding for a statewide data system that provide teachers, administrators, school-based staff and community stakeholders real time comprehensive data as a tool to increase student achievement.
  • Maintain and expand quality out-of-school time programs which positively impact children’s learning.
  • Support rigorous learning standards with appropriate resources and training for children, families, and teachers.
  • Support increased access to quality extended learning opportunities to engage students in academic content and reduce summer learning loss.
  • Support bills that reflect the agreed upon measures within the Arizona Education progress meter.

Increase Financial Stability

  • Support workforce development programs for adults and young adults focused on job/career training and placement, increased educational opportunities, and support services that eliminate barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment.
  • Ensure access to affordable child care to enable parents to gain and maintain employment.
  • Work to prevent onerous Payday and Title Loan legislation.

Non-profit Capacity Building

  • Support the Charitable Tax Credit that provides funding to qualifying charitable organizations for diverse programs and lead individuals toward increased self-sufficiency.
  • Support funding for 211 Community Information and Referral for community and social services.

End Homelessness

  • Restore the Arizona Housing Trust Fund that leverages dollars for homelessness prevention, emergency shelter and affordable housing.



Local Issues

End Homelessness

  • Support and encourage permanent supportive housing using a Housing First model for chronically homeless individuals with cities, towns and the county.
  • Support and encourage funding for Rapid Rehousing for individuals and families that have experienced episodic homelessness and need assistance to stabilize in a safe and affordable place to call home.
  • Encourage public and private funders to align their resources to the regional plan to end homelessness.
  • Encourage cities and towns to amend their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) plans to allow for social service grant partnerships with non-profits to address food insecurity, emergency food, and nutrition within food deserts.

End Hunger

  • Coordinate Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) with local schools where 75% of the students qualify for free and reduced meals.

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