Women Are Sacred Conference: Poverty 6 09

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Women Are Sacred Conference: Poverty 6 09

  1. 1. TANF, Poverty and Violence Against Native Women Women are Sacred Conference Oakland, California
  2. 2. What are WE going to do? <ul><li>What the big picture looks like </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest challenges addressing poverty - for survivors, for advocates </li></ul><ul><li>Scenario to raise issues and explore approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Identify resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenges of working with public benefits <ul><li>When we say “public benefits” -- what do you think of? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of challenges do you face as an advocate? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens for survivors? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Scenarios <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  5. 5. QUESTIONS <ul><li>What is Deana concerned about? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is she feeling the most pressure? </li></ul>
  6. 6. QUESTIONS <ul><li>What might her hopes be? </li></ul><ul><li>What personal resources can she drawn on? </li></ul>
  7. 7. QUESTIONS <ul><li>What public benefits might she or her children be eligible for? </li></ul><ul><li>What would be the “benefit” to her or her children? </li></ul><ul><li>What challenges would she likely face accessing these benefits? </li></ul>
  8. 8. QUESTIONS <ul><li>How do we prepare to be helpful to Deana? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we need to understand -- as coalitions, as local advocates, as community partners? </li></ul><ul><li>What will be the most hard for us? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Online information about key low-income benefit programs </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Policy Manuals, Descriptive Information, and Applications for State Food Stamp, TANF, Child Care, Medicaid, and SCHIP Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www .cbpp.org/cms/index. cfm?fa =view&id= 1414 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Resources <ul><li>National Congress of American Indians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welfare Reform/Employment Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ncai.org/Welfare-Reform-Employment-Trai.46.0.html </li></ul></ul></ul>12/20/09 PowerPoint slide layout by Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>Economic Justice on a Shoestring, developed by the Women of Color Network </li></ul><ul><li>Qweesta: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting the NEED:  Native Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development Model </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>VAWnet - </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic Violence Public Policy & Systems Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Special Collections which focus on economic advocacy issues impacting domestic violence survivors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www . VAWnet.org </li></ul></ul>

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