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 that help provide stability for lower income families.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for struggling childless adults.

Ensure Children Succeed

  • Restore and maintain Early Head Start and Head
  • Start funding at or above pre-sequestration levels.
  • Support funding and implementation of Childcareand 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

  • Support grade-level reading efforts to ensure third grade students are reading proficiently, and meeting requirements move to the next level of competency.
  • 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 student access to quality extended learning that provides more opportunities to engage in academic content and reduce summer learning loss.
  • Restore funding cuts and maintain current program levels in education.

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, also known as the Helping the Working Poor Tax Credit, that provides diverse programs and leads individuals toward increased self-sufficiency.
  • Support funding for 211 Community Information and Referral for community and social services.

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 Valley of the Sun United Way Rapid Rehousing for 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 nonprofits to address food insecurity, emergency food, and nutrition within food deserts.

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