Economic security is a foundational issue for families and a key driver of physical and emotional health. An estimated 40 percent of LA County households (more than 1.1 million) struggle to meet their basic needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased economic insecurity, especially within communities of color.
Despite these challenges, the present moment offers a unique opportunity to focus our energy on a root cause that holds so many families back. New state and federal policies and funding opportunities have the potential to significantly advance sustainable economic security for LA County’s families.
We invite the ideas and knowledge of our partners to help shape joint initiatives that further the cause. The Center seeks to support economic security initiatives in three areas:
- Family strengthening. Families that are economically stable are less likely to be involved in the child protective services system. The Center will support initiatives that help connect families with supportive housing and expand community-based programs to strengthen families before a crisis occurs.
- Direct assistance. This area includes traditional economic security interventions, such as assistance with basic needs (e.g., food and rent), as well as direct payments to families through federal and state tax credits, the American Rescue Plan, and guaranteed income pilot programs.
- Workforce development. Living-wage jobs are the cornerstone of family financial stability. The Center will cultivate opportunities with public and private partners to promote sustainable career pathways through employment and training programs for youth and adults, child care reimbursement, and growing the County’s community health workforce.
Center team leads: Piper Kamins