UNITED WAYS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST 2016 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The following is the 2016 Legislative Agenda:
211 in Washington and Oregon:
Vulnerable people need an easy, non-bureaucratic mechanism to connect with faith-based, nonprofit and public resources to address basic needs before they become costly emergencies. The 2-1-1 website and hotline connect people with a comprehensive database of available health and human services needed during difficult times.
- Preserve & enhance 211 funding
Strategies designed to protect and grow living wage jobs, establish savings and provide training & education for career advancement along with earned income and childcare tax credits will build on the Pacific Northwest's traditional economic strengths.
- Support policies and programs that provide low-income people access to affordable financial products
- Expand Tax Credits for working families by funding a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit match
Housing, Food & Basic Needs:
Access to safe and affordable housing connected to other services such as transit and child care will expand access to jobs and education for working families. An increased supply of affordable housing with state investment, incentives to encourage private development and streamlining the permitting process are necessary to achieve this.
- Restore Housing Trust Fund & HEN to pre-recession levels
- Increase access of children and families to a safe, secure and affordable food supply
- Ensure that all Northwesterners have access to a safe roof over their head, every single night
When our children lack access to high-quality, affordable care and education before they go to kindergarten, they can fall behind, and some children who fall behind early never catch up. Early investment can help prevent future burden on the education system and other social service systems.
- Establish a comprehensive definition of basic education that includes the early years
- Preserve, enhance and implement the early start act
- Expand availability of ECEAP slots