“I know there are so many people out there that need help and I couldn’t imagine not doing something about it.”
11.5% of San Franciscans live below the federal poverty line; in the Tenderloin, that number jumps to nearly 25%. 15% of San Franciscans do not have health insurance; in the Tenderloin most residents do not have health insurance. 1 in 4 children and 1 in 4 San Francisco seniors do not have access to enough food to meet their nutritional needs on a regular basis. In San Francisco, 140,000 people struggle each day to feed themselves and their families.
St. Anthony’s Advocacy Program centers around four main issue areas: Housing/Homelessness; Health Care; Hunger; and Work & Income. We advocate for policies and programs that address root causes of poverty, and that will better serve the needs of poor and homeless people in San Francisco. We offer education about poverty and homelessness to public officials, our volunteers, and school, church, and community groups through our Justice Education program. We enlist concerned citizens to voice their support through our online and grassroots Advocacy Network.
St. Anthony Foundation’s advocacy activities include:
- Issue Education: St. Anthony Foundation works with staff, volunteers, and guests to identify and understand social justice issues affecting the St. Anthony Foundation community.
- Voter Registration and Education: St. Anthony Foundation conducts non-partisan voter registration activities and facilitates non-partisan voter education activities for our staff, volunteers, and guests.
- Action Days & Legislative Visits: St. Anthony Foundation staff, volunteers, and guests participate in legislative advocacy at the federal, state, and city government levels. In the past, we have opposed budget cuts to essential social services, have advocated for improvements in the food stamp program, and have rallied against cuts to low-income housing programs.
- Advocacy Trainings: Through skills-building sessions, St. Anthony Foundation staff, volunteers, and guests learn how to use their experiences to advocate for change.
- Letter Writing Campaign: Writing a letter to an elected official is one of the most powerful means of influencing the public policies that affect our guests, residents and clients.
For more information about advocacy at St. Anthony Foundation, contact Colleen Rivecca, Advocacy Program Lead, at (415) 592-2729.