The Success Equation, an initiative of Children First/CIS, unites our community to reduce poverty through education, collaboration and public policy advocacy resulting in an environment where all children can thrive. Would you like to become more involved and engaged in helping to end child poverty in Buncombe County?
Below are quick opportunities to learn, share, and act.
1. ACT: SPEAK UP FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN ASHEVILLE ON AUG 8
Asheville City Council has allocated $10 Million of the Housing Bond (passed by voters in November 2016) in direct project investment to increase affordable housing options over the next seven years. The Housing and Community Development Committee has made recommendations for a how to use that $10 Million and would like YOUR INPUT on their recommendations.
Come out for the public input session on Tuesday, August 8 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center from 6-7:30 PM.
There will be a brief overview of recommendations made by the Housing and Community Development Committee followed by time to give your feedback.
2. LEARN & SHARE: APARTMENTS BUILT ON CITY LAND WILL INCLUDE BELOW MARKET UNITS
The city will give a South Carolina developer $1.6 million to build 64 apartments on the western edge of downtown with half of them at “affordable” or below-market rates.
This is an example of how public and private sectors can work together to address our housing affordability issue, which is a model endorsed by the Success Equation.
Rents for the apartments to be built on the city-owned property would be determined after the complex is finished, estimated for March 2019. According to current economic conditions, they could be as low as $603 a month for a single-bedroom unit without utilities.
The City Council voted 6-1 for the deal for the former parks maintenance site at 338 Hilliard Ave. Supporters praised the arrangement as a first of its kind. Read the full article here.
3. LEARN, SHARE & ACT: JOIN COMMUNITY DISCUSSION HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
The NAACP will host an informational presentation on Know Your Rights: Remedies and Resources on How to Advocate for Children Attending Public Schools on Tuesday August 8th at 6:30pm at Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street 28801. This presentation is geared for members, parents, and those interested in a positive future for our children.
From the NAACP press release: The pipeline to prison is real. In these times of little or no tolerance, we need to know how to support parents and advocates working to save children from bleak futures. The atmosphere created by these policies can mean behavior that once got kids sent to the principal’s office, now mean children are expelled, suspended and sometimes channeled to the authorities – this is a problem nationwide; black and brown children, in particular, face disparate discipline for similar behavior as white children.
3. LEARN: ATTEND LUNCH & LEARN ON LOCAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Buncombe County Health and Human Services is sponsoring a Lunch & Learn on the history of African Americans in Buncombe County on August 23 from 12-1:30 at Stephens Lee recreational Center. Commissioner Al Whitesides will discuss the wage gap and historical wealth disparities in the African American Community. This Lunch & Learn series is FREE butyou will need to reserve your seat HERE. This informational series came out of a request from the community to help preserve information about our local African American history. The purpose is two-fold: 1) to capture the historical perspectives of older African Americans in our community to use that perspective to help inform and inspire current efforts to revitalize the Black community. Each luncheon will focus on a topic area. Find out about upcoming Lunch & Learn sessions here.
5. LEARN: LISTEN TO CHILDREN FIRST/CIS DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY AND ASHEVILLE FM HOST DISCUSS RAISE THE AGE & OTHER POLICY
Children First/CIS Director of Advocacy, Greg Borom, was recently interviewed on Asheville FM with Gerry Leonard as they discussed the state budget, the passing of Raise the Age for juvenile justice and more! Check it out: bit.ly/2v9QT4J
Find out how you can get even more involved
in creating a community where all children can thrive!
- Sign up for our Action Alerts for up-to-the-minute alerts on important policy decisions and ways you can make your voice count for kids!
- Follow us on our Success Equation Facebook page and on Twitter @CFCISAdvocacy to receive information and updates on how you can help create a community where all children can thrive.
- Check out our Local, State and Federal Advocacy Tool-kits to guide you in engaging with our elected officials.
- Volunteer to participate in monthly phone banking to inform our neighbors on important issues impacting children and families. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091 or JodiF@childrenfirstbc.org.