Women Are Sacred Conference: Poverty 6 09

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  • 1. TANF, Poverty and Violence Against Native Women Women are Sacred Conference Oakland, California
  • 2. What are WE going to do?
    • What the big picture looks like
    • Biggest challenges addressing poverty - for survivors, for advocates
    • Scenario to raise issues and explore approaches
    • Identify resources
  • 3. Challenges of working with public benefits
    • When we say “public benefits” -- what do you think of?
    • What kinds of challenges do you face as an advocate?
    • What happens for survivors?
  • 4. Scenarios
    • Deana is 24 years old, with two young children (4 and 6 yrs), and left their abusive father about 8 mo ago. (He works in construction on/off, she doesn’t want contact with him). Deana got her GED after she had her son, took a couple of nursing classes at the community college, and is currently working as a waitress - uneven hours and uneven pay.
    • Deana thinks she’ll maybe make between $5,000 - 10,000 this year. She pieces together childcare (sister, mother, friends). She is currently living with her sister, but not really a great situation. She is often late with rent and utilities.
  • 5. QUESTIONS
    • What is Deana concerned about?
    • Where is she feeling the most pressure?
  • 6. QUESTIONS
    • What might her hopes be?
    • What personal resources can she drawn on?
  • 7. QUESTIONS
    • What public benefits might she or her children be eligible for?
    • What would be the “benefit” to her or her children?
    • What challenges would she likely face accessing these benefits?
  • 8. QUESTIONS
    • How do we prepare to be helpful to Deana?
    • What do we need to understand -- as coalitions, as local advocates, as community partners?
    • What will be the most hard for us?
  • 9. Resources
    • Online information about key low-income benefit programs
    • Links to Policy Manuals, Descriptive Information, and Applications for State Food Stamp, TANF, Child Care, Medicaid, and SCHIP Programs
      • www .cbpp.org/cms/index. cfm?fa =view&id= 1414
  • 10. Resources
    • National Congress of American Indians
      • Welfare Reform/Employment Training
        • http://www.ncai.org/Welfare-Reform-Employment-Trai.46.0.html
    12/20/09 PowerPoint slide layout by Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
  • 11. Resources
    • Economic Justice on a Shoestring, developed by the Women of Color Network
    • Qweesta:
      • Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families curriculum
      • Meeting the NEED:  Native Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development Model
  • 12. Resources
    • VAWnet -
    • Domestic Violence Public Policy & Systems Advocacy
    • Special Collections which focus on economic advocacy issues impacting domestic violence survivors
      • www . VAWnet.org