The Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative (TVAPC) is a cross-sector collaboration formed to address the issue of hidden poverty in the East Bay Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. TVAPC evolved from an earlier initiative called the Tri-Valley Poverty Awareness Initiative (TVPAI). TVAPI was launched in late 2013 led by a small collaborative of organizations including Kaiser Permanente (Diablo Area Community Benefit), the East Bay Leadership Council, the East Bay Community Foundation, and Hacienda Helping Hands (the community initiative of Hacienda Business Park). Representatives of these influential organizations began a conversation about how they might work together to elevate the issue of the hidden poverty in one of the most affluent areas of the country and create a platform for collaborative action in the region.
The TVPAI organized a lunch in March of 2014 at the newly purchased clinic site for Axis Community Health. Betsy Block from the Alameda County Health Department presented data on poverty in the Tri-Valley and other community leaders, including Sue Compton from Axis Community Health, spoke about the needs in the Tri-Valley. A second, larger event, called Hidden Poverty of the Tri-Valley was held on October 30, 2014, at Goal Line Productions in Pleasanton. Organizers were surprised at the interest in the event – over 150 people from a variety of sectors in the community attended. Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution was the keynote speaker. Ms. Kneebone and her colleague Alan Berube had just published a book called Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. Other community leaders also spoke, including Dr. Kelly Bowers, Superintendent of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and Alex Briscoe of the Alameda County Department of Health. As guests left the luncheon, many individuals indicated an ongoing interest in organizing an effort to increase awareness of the hidden poverty in the Tri-Valley and pledged to collaboratively assist this population.
Beginning in the Spring of 2015, a multi-sector group of about 40 participants called the Leadership group began meeting monthly. These participants represented a rich diversity of non-profit organizations, foundations, city officials, school officials, faith-based organizations, concerned residents, and others. This group worked with consultation from HTA to develop the infrastructure and focus of the organization with backbone support from Kaiser Permanente and additional support from Y & H Soda Foundation and the East Bay Community Foundation. By 2016, the group had rebranded as the Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative, was governed by a Steering Committee, hired a part-time Project Manager and formed two committee workgroups addressing four areas: Housing, Health, Education and Food Access. Currently, the Leadership group meets quarterly and is open to all interested parties, as are the committees that meet on a monthly basis. In October of 2017, the TVAPC held another luncheon event, with Elizabeth Kneebone as keynote speaker, and speakers representing each of the four areas of focus for the collaborative: Mary Murtagh from EAH Housing, Sue Compton from Axis Community Health, Dr. Kelly Bowers from Education and Suzan Bateson from the Alameda County Community Food Bank. TVAPC committees collaborate to create effective partnerships and safety net services, conduct needs assessments specific to the Tri-Valley and work to educate the general public about hidden suburban poverty.
The TVAPC continues with generous support from Kaiser, Hacienda Helping Hands and Y & H Soda Foundation and its fiscal agent, the Tri-Valley Non-Profit Alliance.