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This brief on COVID-19 testing is designed to support philanthropic discussion and aid in the coordination of the sector’s response.

On March 19, 2020, Senate Majority Leader McConnell proposed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The United States Senate will likely consider voting on this bill in the next 24 hours, depending on negotiations with the House of Representatives and the President. NCG, in coordination with our Philanthropy California colleagues, sent letters to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris to respectfully request that the CARES Act include support for the nonprofit sector.

On July 2, 2019, Philanthropy California submitted a public comment opposing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule to 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. 

On August 13, 2019, Philanthropy California submitted a public comment opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule to change the anti-discrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This proposed rule would substantially limit federal protections against gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination in healthcare. Additionally, this proposed rule would weaken protections that provide access to language services for patients with limited English proficiency (LEP).  

On September 24, 2019, Philanthropy California submitted a public comment opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule to change eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  If enacted, this rule would eliminate CalFresh benefits, the state’s implementation of SNAP, for 230,000 adults, children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities in California and further escalate the persistent food insecurity in our region.

How do we move a cross-racial set of voters toward believing in and fighting for racial and economic justice?

Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to support Assembly Bill 1487 – San Francisco Bay Area Regional Housing Finance Act. The bill will strengthen our region with more affordable homes and protections for longtime residents to ensure all Bay Area residents, no matter their color or income, have a safe, stable, affordable place to call home. We applaud the leadership to date on this effort and urge you to sign this important piece of legislation into law.

Resources on commutations and AB 2845 from the CCJFG August Newsletter. 

Policy and legislative updates from the CCJFG August Newsletter.