Our task forces are busy studying the challenges of poverty in our area and advocating for changes. Below is an excerpt from our newsletter regarding the current activities of the task forces. 

Zero:2016 Application Approved
Contra Costa’s Homeless Program has been selected to join the Zero: 2016, a national campaign that aims to end veteran and chronic homelessness within two years. The Multi-faith A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition is one of the community partners involved in this application and now our members will need to be active in the success of the campaign.

According to the media release, “The new campaign aims to reduce the average daily number of homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals in participating communities to zero by 2016, using real-time data and performance management tracking developed to accelerate housing efforts.”

The Zero: 2016 campaign is led by the non-profit Community Solutions. They will provide hands-on coaching and data tools, and curate a national peer-to-peer learning network to accelerate innovation across communities. Hats off to the Shelter and Housing Task Force for identifying this program months ago and helping to prepare a successful application. If you want to join the community effort, please contact Doug Leich.

Full media release from Contra Costa Homeless Program:    Click Here

Lift Someone Out of Poverty - Earn It! Keep It! Save It!
It is time to sign up to be a volunteer for the Earn It! Keep It! Save It!  Click Here for all the information someone would need to learn about the program and sign up as a volunteer. The training is in December and/or January and varies by county. Classroom training is recommended for new volunteers, however, they do have online training available and if the classroom training just doesn't work for a volunteer, the online training is the fall back.

Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) is a coalition of Bay Area organizations that provides free tax preparation to households earning less than $53,000 a year. We know the benefits of free tax preparation and tax refunds on taxpayers and their households. Many low income families qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit but don’t know about it. The Jobs Task Force encourages congregants to sign up with the EKS directly so you can help as soon as possible. Any questions, please contact Nancy Williams at Nancy Williams of the Jobs Task Force.

GRIP Support
The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) is a strong partner of the Multi-Faith A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition. We, in turn, would like to share with the congregations in the Coalition an opportunity to support this critical resource in West Contra Costa County. GRIP provides needed food, shelter and supportive services to homeless individuals and families. However, they depend on the backing of member congregations to provide meals and monetary support. GRIP welcomes the involvement of Central and East County congregations to further its mission. If this opportunity is potentially of interest to your congregation, please review the membership application (Click Here). You may contact GRIP’s Executive Director, Arthur Hatchett, with questions at (510) 233-2141 ext. 302; www.gripcommuity.org.

Volunteer Opportunities 
We are growing and would love additional community members to join us in our efforts. Our organization is made up of individuals from a number of faith-based organizations in Contra Costa County. Take a look at our Volunteer page for more information on volunteering. 

Participate with a Task Force 
To learn more about our Task Forces, Click Here. Upcoming meetings are listed on the Calendar. 

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Organizations Providing Services 
(Food Pantries, Shelters, Career Assistance, Mental Health, etc.) 
If your organizations provides services to low-income individuals or the homeless, please take a moment to tell us about your outreach services. 
Click Here to add your organizations services to our database