Why It Matters

Thousands of our region’s residents have difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, food, healthcare, and employment. Without access to opportunities, these individuals and families cannot thrive. The impact of poverty goes far beyond those directly affected; it extends to their neighborhoods, their communities, and the region as a whole. We cannot succeed together if we leave some behind.

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Poverty cannot be simplified as a direct consequence of a lack of affordable housing, little education, or poor health. Instead, it should be viewed with a broader outlook that considers the unique challenges and inequities of the families and individuals most in need. Certain populations are more likely to experience poverty, including people of color, families headed by single women, and people living with a disability. Expanding access to resources for those experiencing poverty can ensure their long-term success.

We're Working To

Increase access to permanent housing, employment, and healthcare

Identify and invest in organizations working with marginalized populations

Encourage partnerships that incorporate a multi-faceted approach to addressing poverty

Featured Story: Care for all: Vidas De Esperanza


We all want to go to the doctor when we’re sick, injured, or for regular checkups, but not everyone has access to medical care due to resources, lack of access to healthcare, or circumstances. It was with this in mind that Vidas De Esperanza, a local nonprofit health clinic, was founded.

Episode 3: Supporting Families Ineligible for Federal Aid During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated and deepened inequities that already existed in our community. Federal and state laws disqualified undocumented residents, agricultural workers, and others in our community from receiving this spring's stimulus checks, continued unemployment benefits, and additional resources.

Community Development Grant Opportunities