Hidden Poverty Issues

Posted on the Independent: Thursday, November 23, 2017 12:00 amThe Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative (TVAPC) deals with hidden poverty issues in the Tri-Valley.

Established first by Kaiser Permanente, TVAPC now represents some 40 agencies and entities guided by a nine-member steering committee. At a recent event, information was provided on issues dealing with housing, food security, education and health care. The keynote speaker observed that safety net services, funding, and philanthropy are still heavily concentrated in urban environments creating strain on suburban non-profit service providers, schools and health clinics.

A panel representing local organizations discussed issues they are facing. Among the observations were the following: Axis Community Health expanded its clinic in Pleasanton and already is at capacity; education can be a vehicle out of poverty; rising rents become an obstacle to remaining housed; community commitment to creating affordable housing was seen as critical; struggling residents are forced to decide between spending money on food or needed medicine and other essentials.

The Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaboration utilizes partnerships with government, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, philanthropic organizations, businesses, and citizens to work towards addressing the issues. The Tri-Valley Health Fair was one of the outcomes of the collaboration.

We applaud TVAPC’s efforts to strengthen and empower people in poverty.