Spring Update

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Spring Joys & Recommitment . . .

During the Spring many faiths have significant holidays and observances that include reflection and recommitment to faith teachings.  We will retell our stories to strengthen our shared values.  May your celebrations bring you joy!

STATE SENATE PASSES CALIFORNIA VALUES ACT
Advocates of the Multi-faith ACTION Coalition wrote and called the State Senators in our County to urge support for SB 54 - the California Values Act. All of our Senators voted in favor of the legislation on the floor earlier this week.  Thank you to everyone who took action to protect the immigrants in our communities. Next on to the Assembly.
KEY ISSUES 

The Multi-faith ACTION Coalition has several California Legislative bills in its ACTION agenda for 2017.  These 2 bills were recommended by the Food Security and Education Task Forces.

AB 796 - Restoration of SSI/SSP

“There are days when I only have bread to eat,” says Toni, an SSI recipient from Concord.

Toni says she wouldn’t have even that if it weren’t for the groceries and hot meals she receives from the Food Bank distribution at her local church.

She receives just $909 each month in SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance. After paying $870 in rent for her small apartment, Toni must choose whether to spend her remaining $39 on medication, transportation, or toiletries. “You have to pay all the other bills first. Food has to be last.”, (from the East Bay Times, written by Carly Finkle of the Food Bank of CCC & SC).

The above story is just one of many of our neighbors who depend on SSI to live.  The Multi-faith ACTION Coalition supports AB 796 to restore cost of living adjustments to ensure that SSI recipients live in dignity not poverty.
 






AB 60 - Assembly Bill 60 allows parents earning the minimum wage to continue to work and maintain their children's child care, preschool, or after-school programs. Parents will be able to incrementally increase their earnings without losing their affordable child care. AB 60 “defrosts” statewide child care income guidelines –  frozen since 2007 – by taking into account the increase in minimum wage and cost of living in California. This measure also streamlines reporting requirements, minimizing disruptions for children, parents, employers and child care providers.

Studies show that underserved children who participate in quality early education programs are far more likely to enter kindergarten and first grade on par with their age-mates. Those who do not, incur deficits that are difficult to overcome. They have a higher chance of dropping out of high school and thereby leading less productive lives, and having significantly greater lifelong social (divorce, abuse, incarceration) and medical problems whose costs to our future society are far greater than that of early education. They need this opportunity. Our shared future needs this opportunity.
EXPLORING NEW OPTIONS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING

MAY 17, 2017 -- 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon
Borin Hall, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

Have more space than you really need?  Want to reduce your housing costs?
 Learn how the new Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) legislation
and code changes make sharing your home more feasible.
For more information about the dynamic speakers go to http://www.multifaithactioncoalition.org/
This is an East Bay Housing Organizations Affordable Housing Week presentation
sponsored by the Multi-faith ACTION Coalition and co-sponsored by the MDUUC Social Justice Council and the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley.
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