WISCAP RELEASES 2019-2020 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

WISCAP is a statewide association of Wisconsin’s 16 Community Action Agencies and two single purpose agencies working to fight poverty in Wisconsin. WISCAP and its members are committed to creating economic opportunity and supporting community-based solutions to poverty. As a leader in efforts to address poverty in Wisconsin, we keenly understand the need for policies that enable economic equality and that provide pathways for the Community Action Network to address needs of Wisconsinites with low income.  The following set of policies represent WISCAP’s- in partnership with other stakeholders- priorities for the coming legislative session.

Comprehensive Measures to Fight Poverty

Introduction and Passage of an Omnibus Anti-Poverty Bill. WISCAP will work with members of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly to introduce a legislative package designed to provide transformational investments that reduce poverty and fundamentally improve people’s economic circumstances.  This bill will further the goal of addressing the systemic barriers to achieving economic stability by providing housing, health, job training, and income supports.

Wisconsin CSBG Supplement. WISCAP will work with members of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly for the passage of legislation to create a state supplement to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.

Community Services Block Grant Act Reauthorization Act. WISCAP will work with our national partners at the Community Action Partnership and the National Community Action Foundation to ensure passage of federal CSBG reauthorization.

Access to Housing and Shelter

Increased funding to Department of Administration Critical Assistance Program (DOA). WISCAP calls for an increase in this emergency rent/eviction prevention fund from $280,000 to $560,000.

Increased funding to Department of Administration State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSGP) WISCAP calls for an increase in this emergency shelter grant from $1.13 million to $2 million.

Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). As a member of the Implementation Task Force, WISCAP will represent the interest of its member agencies by participating in the state ICH, advocating for comprehensive solutions to homelessness and all populations which experience it.

Passage of the Federal Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA). WISCAP supports this bi-partisan legislation to align HUD homeless assistance eligibility criteria with criteria used by most other federal agencies and programs.

Addressing Barriers to Employment

Expansion of the Job and Business Development Program (DWD). WISCAP calls for an increased appropriation from $200,600 to a minimum of $500,000.

Expansion of Skills Enhancement Program (DCF) WISCAP calls for an increased appropriation from $250,00 to a minimum of $500,000.

Expand the availability and affordability of transportation, including greater support to car purchase programs like Jump Start andWork-n-Wheels.

Expand the availability and affordability of quality child care.  WISCAP also supports efforts to increase the child care supplement for families with low income.

Access to Health Supports

Community Action Opioid Response Act. WISCAP will work with our national partners at the Community Action Partnership and the National Community Action Foundation to ensure passage of federal legislation to better coordinate community action agency resources and opioid response services.

WISCAP supports efforts to expand primary care availability and promote the expansion of mental health treatment availability and accessibility, substance abuse treatment availability and accessibility, and suicide prevention efforts and technical assistance for farmers who are struggling. 

For more information, contact Brad Paul, bpaul@wiscap.org, (608) 244-0466. You can access a PDF version of WISCAP’s Legislative Agenda below.

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