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2021 Legislative Agenda

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2021 LEGISLATIVE Agenda

United Way of Tarrant County advocates for policies that will help those most in need. COVID-19 raised awareness of need, often elevated by the virus, throughout our neighborhoods. To ensure an inclusive recovery and a reimagining of Tarrant County, United Way of Tarrant County champions data-driven policies that address disparities in education, health and financial stability.

EDUCATION

United Way of Tarrant County believes that equitable educational opportunities should be available to all children regardless of the zip code where they grow up. United Way of Tarrant County will focus on legislation that will ensure all our children reach their optimal potential, and that Tarrant County has a strong workforce for years to come.

  • Ensure equitable access to affordable, high-quality early and out-of-school care and education opportunities, especially for underserved communities.
  • Strengthen efforts to engage and support all caregivers in their roles as partners in education.
  • Strengthen previous improvements and efforts aimed at closing long-standing gaps in student outcomes among the state’s low-income and communities of color.
  • Support strategies and initiatives aimed at improving student health, emotional wellbeing and academic outcomes.
  • Foster collaboration with our postsecondary institutions and K-12 to create pathways to college and career opportunities.

HEALTH

United Way of Tarrant County believes that everyone in Tarrant County should have access to equitable health services that protect and improve health and well-being among individuals and enhance measurable health outcomes of communities.

  • Support promising and evidence-based practices that reduce abuse and neglect, improve maternal and child health, encourage positive parenting and promote healthy child development and school readiness.
  • Ensure access to comprehensive, equitable and quality physical, mental and behavioral health services, including substance abuse treatment.
  • Ensure access to healthcare coverage as well as maintaining eligibility extensions provided as a result of COVID-19, such as telehealth, CHIP and Medicaid for pregnant women.
  • Support Medicaid expansion in Texas.
  • Support programs that address the needs of older adults, especially isolation and loneliness, acknowledging the relationship between isolation and dementia.
  • Support efforts to protect older adults from fraud and abuse.
  • Address social determinants of health, such as housing instability and food insecurity, especially within healthcare delivery systems by leveraging 211, the statewide information and referral system.

FINANCIAL STABILITY

United Way of Tarrant County believes that all families should have opportunities to secure a good job with a living wage, workplace advancement, safe and affordable housing and the resources and support needed to weather emergencies and make investments toward a bright future.

  • Stabilize and strengthen the childcare industry as it is a critical workforce and an essential workforce support for parents and caregivers.
  • Support a continuum of services focused on ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone in Tarrant County has access to safe, affordable and stable housing.
  • Support policies and practices that strengthen the financial health of all Tarrant County citizens, including responsible fair lending practices, financial literacy, credit repair, asset building and access to banking.
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