The staggering increase in poverty and inequality demands that we act now. Taking into account the cost of living, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation at 23.8% and the highest poverty rate among seniors. In Alameda County, more than half the children live in poverty in 15 neighborhoods and more than one-third live in poverty in another 36 neighborhoods.
Food as Medicine (PDF) is a multi-sector initiative launched by several partners, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, ALL IN Alameda County, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and the Alameda County Public Health Department. ALL IN Alameda County provides the organizational backbone for the collaboration, and the initiative will be rolled out in the fall of 2016. The initiative plans to partner with local hospitals and community clinics to deliver high-quality nutritious food to families to improve their health and well-being.
ALL IN Alameda County is an innovation incubator within county government. People who sit on all sides of a social issue – including community residents– come together to design new solutions, and apply creative thinking to remove barriers and take advantage of opportunities for progress.
Thank you to the students at KDOL for filming, editing, and producing this short film featuring some of our listening session participants.
Families and individuals across the county are feeling the stress of the housing crisis. Rents have increased by 34% county-wide since 2011, and many low income and working families in the county find that housing is too expensive and too scarce. The county lacks nearly 61,000 affordable units for to very-low and extremely-low income households, and many of these households spend more than 50% of their incomes on housing costs.
To help address these issues, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is bringing a housing bond measure to the voters in November 2016. If passed, this bond would provide funds for programs such as developing long-term affordable rental housing and assistance for seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes.
For more information, go to the Alameda County AffordableHousing Bond site.