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. PROTECT CHILDREN’S HEALTH: SECURE FUNDING FOR CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICAID
Programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or called Health Choice in NC) have helped North Carolina make tremendous strides in improving the health of children and youth. A historic high of 96% NC children receive health insurance coverage, including 27,000 children living here in Buncombe County. for further opportunities to speak up on the future of Medicaid and Health Choice in our state.
Join local pediatricians Dr. Laurie Pulver, Dr. Jennifer Nicolini and Dr. Calvin Tomkins in their support of Medicaid and Health Choice to promote and protect children’s health. As they write in their recent Asheville Citizen-Times editorial “By providing access to preventive services (check-ups, immunizations and dental care), these programs are critical to children’s healthy development and success in life. As pediatricians caring for children in Western North Carolina, we provide these services and see the benefits of expanded health insurance coverage firsthand.” Read the full editorial here and sign our letter to NC Representatives supporting continued funding for these important programs.
2. SIGN LETTER TO CITY COUNCIL TO FUND TRANSIT $5 MILLION IN 5 YEARS
Join the Asheville Regional Transit Coalition (ARTC) in supporting a plan to grow the city’s transit operating budget by $5 million in the next 5 years. The ARTC wrote a letter to City Council calling for them to take definitive steps to put Asheville’s Transit system on the path to service that operates in more areas for longer hours, seven days a week and at higher frequencies.
A strong transit system benefits everyone by taking more cars off the roads, providing affordable transportation for our low-wage earners, and keeping our air cleaner.
We have to act quickly as the final City Budget Public Hearing is on Tuesday, May 23 before the budget is adopted on Tuesday, June 13.
3. JOIN DISCUSSION ON ASHEVILLE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department is presenting the second session of its public Permanently Affordable Homeownership Solutions series, focusing on housing cooperatives. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on May 4 in Room 109 at the City’s Public Works building (161 S. Charlotte Street).
A housing cooperative is a form of shared home ownership. Residents of a housing cooperative each own shares in a corporation that owns the real estate. This provides them with shared control — members regularly elect a board, and each shareholder gets to vote. These shareholders hold proprietary leases with the co-op that enables them to occupy their specific unit.
Speaking at this session will be Andy Reichert (Executive Director) and Alex Roesch (Project Associate) of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB).
The third meeting in the series will be held on May 18. This session will bring together community members interested in exploring the establishment of a Community Land Trust or Limited Equity Housing Cooperative in Asheville. The session will be facilitated by John Emmaus Davis, a principal in Burlington Associates in Community Development
4. ADD YOUR INPUT ON NC MEDICAID AND HEALTH CHOICE
For further opportunities to speak up on the future of Medicaid and Health Choice in our state, the Department of Health and Human Services is requesting public input by answering questions on specific health-access topics. You can publicly submit your comments at a public forum on May 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the A-B Technical College Ferguson Auditorium at 340 Victoria Rd. If you cannot attend the forum but would still like to provide input about Medicaid and Health Choice, then write an email to MedicaidReform@dhhs.nc.gov.
5. RAISE THE AGE LEGISLATION GATHERING POSITIVE MOMENTUM
There has been a lot of positive momentum both at the state and local level around HB280, a “Raise the Age” bill to raise the juvenile age of prosecution in the adult criminal system. After New York recently passed a bill to raise the age, NC is now the only remaining state that places 16 and 17 year-olds into the adult criminal system- even for petty crimes such as shoplifting and school fights.
Asheville City Council passed a resolution supporting raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 in NC for misdemeanors and non-violent felons. And Buncombe County Commissioners, with the exception of Mike Fryer, signed a letter supporting Raise the Age.
You can let YOUR representatives know that YOU support the Raise the Age bill HB280. Everything you need to raise your voice for our youth is here.
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.