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The push for ARPA budget justice at the County!

Thank you so much for the California COVID Justice (CCJ) team at Public Health Advocates (PHA) for providing us with the info for this piece, and for leading the charge on some amazing ARPA funding advocacy! Check out the CCJ team by following this link. And one more shout out to our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento (website linked here)



On June 14th, Public Health Advocates and Social Justice PolitiCorps for Sacramento County held an inspiring day of action at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors' meeting.




Alongside local advocates, including more than 20 congregants of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento (UUSS), we called on the Supervisors (at the 6/14 Board meeting) to use the County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) pandemic recovery funds more equitably.


Brief summary of outcomes video:



We asked the Supervisors to provide $20 million to trusted, culturally responsive community-based organizations (CBOs) which serve the greatest needs of unhoused people and address the systemic issues that cause homelessness. When the public comment period ended, Supervisor Phil Serna pledged to use $2 million of the $5 million in ARPA funding allocated to Serna’s district to fund these kinds of CBOs, suggesting that other supervisors also take the pledge. Supervisor Don Nottoli said this request will be added to the agenda for an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting. We plan to be back and have this critical conversation with the board.



Powerful public comment on ARPA funding distribution from Minister for Faith and Justice - Rev. Lucy Bunch of the UUSS:



Thank you to everyone who came out! Together our voices can help move these federal dollars to the communities that need them most.


PHA event news coverage linked here!


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