Why a Human Impact Budget?
Between 2008 and 2013, California cut over $15 billion from our social safety net – all during a time when people were losing their jobs, health insurance, and security. Many Californians found it difficult to meet their basic needs as state budget cuts mounted and the local programs in our social safety net were slashed. The Human Impact Budget Project explores the impact of these cuts on residents here in Alameda County.
While the State budget and overall economy are improving, conditions for people dependent on safety net services have not. We need to develop innovative strategies and partnerships to increase opportunity for all.
Cuts to state health and human services programs from 2008 to 2013
Alameda County residents that live below the Federal Poverty Level
Alameda County residents that relied on the community food bank to ward off hunger last year.