- Racial injustices impact all barriers to self-sufficiency, so we established a working group that involves all of the Task Forces. It seeks to support legislation and policy actions that reflect the many faith teachings that command we shall not make unjust laws, deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed.
- The purpose of the Shelter & Housing Task Force is to study the root causes of poverty in Contra Costa County related to the housing sector, and recommend actions for the Multi-Faith Action Coalition for advocacy, public policy change, programs, and education.
Advocacy to ensure every worker can provide for themselves and their family, and promote and expand pathways to fair and family-friendly employment focused on the safe return/re-entry of those formerly incarcerated, as well as other people facing critical barriers through advocacy.
- We are a committee of interested people who are committed to furthering the cause of seeing our less fortunate neighbors obtain access and services for both their physical and behavioral health care needs.
- Our Task Force researches, studies and advocates for policies, practices and legislation that promote opportunity and equity in education, at all levels, for families in poverty in Contra Costa County. We partner with nonprofits, agencies and others in our communities who share our concerns.
We have multiple programs that help establish food security to those in our community. From enrolling people that are eligible for CalFresh into the program, to cataloging Contra Costa County organizations who provide food services, and feeding children and families.
Why We Care
Contra Costa Poverty rate: 14.3% (+/- 1.3)
Number of people in poverty: 161,200 (+/- 14,800)
Child poverty rate: 16.1% (+/- 2.3)
Poverty (CPM) threshold, family of 4 that rents: $34,034
One in three working Californians has a low-wage job. *
Across Contra Costa County, Black adults were more than 3 times more likely to be arrested than adults from any other racial/ethnic group, and Black youth were more than 7 times more likely to be arrested than youth from any other racial/ethnic group. *
Over a third of children living below the self-sufficiency standard are not ready for school. *
About one in five of all children ages 5 and younger in California live in poverty, and nearly half of California’s children live in households that are at or near the poverty level. *
The majority of households making $25,000 or less spend more than half their income on housing and 64% of them have seniors, children or both. *
Almost 176,000 people are living below self-sufficiency in Contra Costa, which is more than the population of Concord — one of our largest cities.
90% of people who receive welfare are working; if they aren’t working, they are either elderly or severely disabled (Center for Budget & Policy Priorities). Any little thing —a child getting sick, a health emergency, a car breaking down—can be catastrophic for these working families, sending them reeling into crisis
The California Poverty Measure finds 19.5% (about 7.5 million) people living in poverty. In our affluent county, 15.5% of residents are unable to cover their basic needs
What We've Done
Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition advocates for healthcare for all, including support of Contra Costa Cares for the remaining uninsured in our communities.
Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition supported Prop 1 & 2 to increase affordable housing in California.
Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition prevented any cuts to SNAP in the 2018 Federal Farm Bill.
Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition won approval for SSI recipients to qualify for CalFresh nutrition assistance, beginning in summer 2019.
Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition worked to increase CalWORKs grants to fight childhood deep poverty by ensuring no family lives below 50% of the poverty line.
Multi-Faith Action Coalition helped with AB 1008 - Ban the Box, which removes barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Multi-Faith Action Coalition has helped implement SB 54 - California Values Act. This prohibits local funds for assisting federal immigration authorities.
Voices on Poverty
The latest action of Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition:
Shelter in place but don't be silent
Because of the current situation that we and our faith communities are all in responding to COVID-19 spread and latest governmental orders, this email will be short. We all know that even as this matter rightly takes so much attention, the deep concerns for which we act together--poverty and all its manifestations and causes--continue through, and are heightened by, the current situation.
Please take action as you shelter in place. When we have a moment like this, we each are called on to do our part, to support one another, and to choose to respond to crisis with courage over[...]