• Racial Justice
  • Housing & Shelter
  • Jobs
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Food Security
  • 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

California poverty by county - avg of 2015-2017 data PDF

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 downcan be catastrophic for these working families, sending them reeling into crisis
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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.

Upcoming Events

  • Food Security Task Force Mtg

    November 14, 2019  1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
    Hillcrest Congregational Church

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  • Multi-faith Thanksgiving Service

    November 24, 2019  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Rd, Clayton, CA 94517, USA

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  • Steering Committee Meeting

    November 25, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Health Task Force Mtg

    December 2, 2019  1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
    Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA

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  • Education Task Force Mtg

    December 2, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio St, Concord, CA 94519, USA

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Voices on Poverty

The latest action of Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition:

Thanksgiving

Posted Nov 10th, 2019

** Gather in gratitude with the Multi-faith ACTION Coalition
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Thanksgiving Multi-faith Celebration and Service

A community gathering led by faith leaders
and a multi-faith volunteer choir

Sunday, November 24. 3:30 p.m.
(Interested choir singers practice at 2:00 p.m.)

Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church
1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton

Sharing their stories during the service will be
Doug Leich, Danville Congregational Church and
Sabra Suharwardy, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center.

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