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NCG Policy Quarter: Fall 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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When NCG stepped into the policy space two years ago, our goal was to bring a powerful tool to advance change to the complex issues facing our diverse and rapidly-changing region. Guided by our policy agenda, NCG’s policy work has focused on expanding economic security in Northern California, protecting and promoting the rights of historically marginalized communities, and maximizing the ability of the philanthropic ecosystem to deliver social good.  

In the short time that NCG has actively engaged in policy, an increasing number of funders have also found new and creative ways to use their voice in support of the issues and communities they care about.  From submitting public comments and signing onto amicus briefs to finding creative ways to support community-led systems change, foundations are diving into policy advocacy with a new vigor. NCG is excited to continue to deepen our partnership with our members and groups leading these efforts on the ground to achieve the change we seek in our region. If you have a policy issue or idea, we’d love to hear from you! 

Some of NCG’s recent policy highlights include:

  • Supporting Assembly Bill 1487Authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and recently signed into law by Governor Newsom, this housing bill authorizes new avenues for new regional funding and programs to create and maintain affordable housing and protect longtime residents in the Bay Area.
  • Opposing HUD's "mixed-status" families proposed rule. Under this proposed rule, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would prohibit “mixed-status” families, or families who consist of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who may have a member that is ineligible for housing assistance due to their immigration status, from accessing public or subsidized housing. 
  • Opposing HHS's Section 1557 proposed rule. Under this proposed rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would eliminate anti-discrimination protections for transgender and immigrant patients currently provided under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Opposing USDA's SNAP proposed rule. Under this proposed rule, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would make it harder for families to access the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) by changing eligibility requirements.
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