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Contra Costa Board of Supervisors Joins Regional Campaign to Reduce Poverty in Bay Area

Screenshot of the Rise Together website: risetogetherbayarea.org/resources/
Screenshot of the Rise Together website: risetogetherbayarea.org/resources/

Information submitted by the United Way of the Bay Area

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to join a regional campaign to reduce poverty in the Bay Area. The campaign was launched in 2010 by Rise Together, a partnership of more than 130 Bay Area government, nonprofit, corporate and philanthropic leaders committed to the cause.

“We are thrilled that the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors has taken this important step to move our county forward,” said John Gioia, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors; Steering Council Co-Chair, Rise Together. “It’s a deep concern that many of our residents are currently living in poverty and this vote states publicly that our Board is ready to take tangible steps to change that reality.”

Rise Together leaders outlined a Roadmap to Cut Poverty in June 2013 which highlighted the focus areas of their effort. All initiatives center on what Rise Together names as the three economic drivers of economic success: jobs, education and basic needs. 

The Roadmap also identifies five critical populations that are particularly vulnerable to poverty: female-headed households, families with young children, men and boys of color, immigrants and seniors. 

Solano County’s Board of Supervisors was the first county to sign on to the campaign.

“Many Solano County residents have been struggling to make ends meet since the Great Recession,” said Linda J. Seifert, Solano County Board of Supervisors. “We knew that to improve the lives of Solano County residents, we needed to work with partners throughout the Bay Area. Rise Together’s campaign provides us that opportunity.”

Discussions are underway in other counties throughout the Bay Area about joining Rise Together’s poverty-cutting campaign, including Marin County.

“California’s future is tied to investing in our diverse population today in order to have a workforce with the skills, health, and housing needed to succeed,” said Steve Kinsey, Marin County Board of Supervisors. “Rise Together is a movement that knows exactly where to make those investments to have them produce a return for everyone.”

For more information on Rise Together, visit www.risetogetherbayarea.org.

My Kids Dad March 01, 2014 at 03:07 AM
@GDE, my point is not that ND has great weather, but they among others have booming economies and lots of jobs for everyone not just the high tech people as across the bay here. The oil business has been discouraged by the govt but apparently enough private property owners are willing to develop that it has overcome this obstacle.
Out and About March 03, 2014 at 09:13 AM
GDE are you representing your non- profit with comments like that? When they say " immigrants" do they mean illegal immigrants?
Guillermo Daniel Elenes March 03, 2014 at 04:00 PM
No, i speak for my opinions. If I meant what you wrote, I would have writen that.
Guillermo Daniel Elenes March 03, 2014 at 05:30 PM
@ Kids Dad -- Just to elaborate on the idea of ND doing it right. 1) The oil boom is going to end 2) ND infrastructure is poor (housing, education) 3) ND is not California (you can always return, once you find ND is not heaven)
Out and About March 05, 2014 at 11:40 PM
If that is true stop using GDE as your handle, you are not doing that no group any favors.

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