Standing Up for Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or “Obamacare”) has been an important advance in health care policy for St. Anthony’s guests, allowing homeless Dining Room clients, single adults with disabilities who find support through our Social Work Center, and Fr. Alfred Center residents who are rebuilding their lives after struggling with addiction, to access the medical care they need. Should Congress eliminate the Affordable Care Act, California would lose $16 billion in federal Medicaid funding, eliminating coverage to 3.5 million low-income Californians, including St. Anthony’s guests.   This would be due to the loss of the federally-funded “Medicaid expansion”, which allows low-income adults who previously were not eligible for Medicaid (called “Medi-Cal” in California) to be able to receive health care through the program.  Should the Medicaid expansion end, 78,000 San Franciscans, including homeless people, low-wage workers, and people who are unemployed, would lose access to health coverage through Medi-Cal. How can we stand up to protect health care for the St. Anthony’s community? The answer to this question is simple: we need to engage with our elected officials and encourage our friends and family members to do the same.  Here are a few things we can do: Sign up for St. Anthony’s advocacy email alerts here and we will let you know when it’s time to get in touch with your elected officials.  We will send advocacy alerts with information about the latest political news, and a link to a simple online form that makes it easy to send an email to your Congressional representatives. Call your member of Congress.  Use the number for the Capitol...

Advocacy Committee members wanted

Are you passionate about making San Francisco a city where all persons flourish? Do you care deeply about issues of hunger, homelessness, health care access and income equality? Do you like talking about policy and politics, sharing ideas, and planning events? If so, St. Anthony’s Advocacy Committee wants to meet you! St. Anthony’s Advocacy Committee takes action to address the issues of injustice (lack of shelter, affordable housing, health care, and adequate income) that trap too many of our brothers and sisters in a cycle of poverty that perpetuates an ongoing need for direct assistance. We’re seeking new members who meet the following criteria: Must-have Qualifications A passion and excitement for effecting change in local policy to benefit San Francisco’s neediest An interest in the work of St. Anthony’s and its role in the San Francisco community Availability to attend in-person meetings once per month and willingness to contribute/communicate semi-frequently outside of meetings Valued Qualifications Professional or volunteer experience or connections in policy, politics, communications, outreach, or advocacy St. Anthony’s Advocacy Committee values diversity of background and experience, and welcomes new members with a deep personal connection to its areas of focus.    Please email Advocacy Committee member Emily Salvaterra at stanthonyadvocacy@gmail.com if interested....

Election Information Resources

Vote-by-mail ballots for the November 8 General Election are hitting mailboxes now.   St. Anthony’s is proud to provide nonpartisan voter registration and education information to our community, and we want to share some election resources that will make it easier to understand how our super-sized ballot relates to the issues that affect the lives of our guests and to our ability to promote a society where all can flourish. The League of Women Voters Pros and Cons guides are a great resource, providing an unbiased overview of the ballot measures.  Their California guide is available here.  The San Francisco Public Press has a great nonpartisan guide to the 25 local propositions here. Our local ballot contains quite a few propositions related to St. Anthony’s advocacy issue areas: housing/homelessness, health care, hunger, and work/income.  San Franciscans will be deciding whether to enact measures to: • Increase the sales tax and fund services for homeless people • Create a fund for health and nutrition services for seniors and people with disabilities • Enact a law prohibiting tents on public sidewalks • Direct current hotel tax funding towards arts and family homelessness programs • Require City Hall to solicit more bids in the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing • Raise the income limits for access to affordable housing We have also put together our own analysis of the local ballot measures that relate to our advocacy issue areas, which is available here. No matter your stance on this year’s election issues, we hope that you will register, vote, and make your voice...

Be a Voter!

Today, Monday May 23, is the last day to register to vote for the California Primary Election on June 7, 2016. Because we believe that every voice is important, and because lower-income communities are historically underrepresented at the polls, St. Anthony’s conducts non-partisan voter registration and information activities for our community. Here are some nonpartisan voting resources for Californians, including some specific resources for San Francisco voters. Californians can register to vote online (in 10 different languages) at the Secretary of State website, here. Find your sample ballot using the Voter’s Edge California website, here. San Franciscans can find their polling place at the San Francisco Department of Elections website, here. There is one state ballot measure on the June 7 primary election ballot.  The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund has a nonpartisan overview of the state ballot measure, Prop 50, here. San Franciscans will see six local ballot measures on the June 7 primary election ballot.  The League of Women Voters of San Francisco Education Fund has a nonpartisan overview of San Francisco ballot measures here. San Franciscans can vote early at City Hall (outside Room 48) at these times: May 9 – June 7, 2016 Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed May 30, 2016) May 28 – 29 and June 4 – 5, 2016 Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (please enter at Grove Street) Tuesday, June 7 Election Day! 7 a.m.–8 p.m. San Franciscans interested in being poll workers can get more information at the San Francisco Department of Elections website here and can apply online...

Anti-Hunger Issues for Hunger Action Day

St. Anthony Foundation seeks to promote public policy that enhances our guests’ transitions to stability and promotes a society where all persons flourish.   California Hunger Action Day is coming up on May 25, 2016, and hunger is one of St. Anthony’s four advocacy issue areas (the others are housing and homelessness, health care, and work and income). St. Anthony’s sees significant demand for food assistance throughout our programs.  Lack of adequate access to food has significant negative consequences, especially for people whose health is already compromised.  Our state-level anti-hunger priorities this year include: Addressing hunger and poverty among low-income seniors and people living with disabilities by increasing SSI grants. Improving the CalFresh application process so that everyone who is eligible can receive assistance. Expanding access to food assistance to immigrants, students, domestic violence survivors, and others. Passing a fair state budget that addresses hunger and poverty. Our state-level anti-hunger policy priorities this year will focus on the following issues: Budget Priorities: Raise Supplemental Security Income (SSI) grants above the federal poverty level and restore the state COLA. Provide $10 million for the State Emergency Food Assistance Program for food banks to purchase and distribute healthy California foods to low-income communities. Policies to Help Californians Afford Healthy Food AB 1747 (Weber) to address college student hunger by requiring all public colleges to provide access to EBT and CalFresh Restaurant Meal Programs. AB 2057 (Stone) establishes entitlement to expedited CalFresh for survivors of domestic abuse and exempts them from mandatory employment and training requirements. SB 904 (Hertzberg) to require the state to maximize federally-funded food aid when unemployment is high, in...