One out of every four Massachusetts residents (nearly 900,000 people) lives in a working-poor family that cannot afford to meet its basic needs, according to the Massachusetts Economic Independence Index (Mass. Index). CWU’s Advocacy Department develops a comprehensive legislative and budget agenda every legislative session to tackle the many issues facing low-income families on their path to economic self-sufficiency.
CWU's policy priorities are:
- Education and Training - More than 90% of those CWU serves have only a GED/high school diploma or less. However, nearly half the jobs in Massachusetts require post-secondary education. CWU lobbies for programs that help low-income adults attain the skills necessary to obtain a well-paying job.
- Affordable Housing - Massachusetts ranks 40 out of 50 states in housing affordability for low-income households. CWU advocates for increased housing assistance for those struggling to make ends meet and for homeless families in need of permanent, affordable housing.
- Asset Development - Helping low-income famiiles build tangible and intangible assets--savings, a car, a house, an education--is one of the most effective ways to help them achieve economic stability. CWU is a leader in developing and promoting state policies that support asset development for low-income families.
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For more information on CWU's policy priorities and how you can help, contact Ruthie Liberman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.259.2933