It is our position that it is impossible for women to achieve economic security if their Basic Needs are not met. So together with relevant organization Partners, the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition advocates for policies, legislation, and resources that facilitate women having access to nutrition, housing and transportation. This includes affordable access to good food, decent housing, practical transport solutions and safety from financial predators. Our approach is to engage individuals, organizations and institutions that share our commitment, in a process of research, education and action designed to reduce the numbers of hungry and homeless, increase resources and work toward permanent solutions.
It is critical that healthy food be easily available and affordable for everyone in America. Women have a greater need for food security because they are more likely to be the parent in a single parent household and because of the unique nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women. Therefore our advocacy focuses on increasing awareness of and support for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program) to further strengthen proven positive effects in addressing hunger and poor nutrition.
Women and children face homelessness in alarming numbers due to a lack of affordable and safe housing options in Bucks County, and in many other parts of the nation. In strong economic times prices rise and low cost housing can be lost to development; and in bad economic times the rental market supply is strained. Women more often need space for children, further reducing their options. Therefore our advocacy focuses on the preservation of current rental housing stock, development of affordable rental housing; funding for projects/programs to address specific vulnerable populations; comprehensive housing and redevelopment; new opportunities for affordable homeownership; and other efforts to address unmet housing and community development needs.
A fundamental tenet of women’s economic security is access to places where they can find employment and the support they need to stay employed. Therefore the BCWAC supports the Bucks County Transport bus system, improved SEPTA bus routes and train services, Doylestown DART, and other public transportation systems.
Payday loans to desperate individuals, more often than not, lead to a downward spiral of overwhelming debt. This is exactly what the predatory payday loan industry wants with their high (often 300% or more) interest rates on small loans. Living in debt is a clear impediment to achieving economic security. Therefore our advocacy focuses on preserving the strong Pennsylvania regulations on payday loans, addressing the threat posed by companies that market in short term lending, and supporting options like fair credit, savings opportunities and better wages.
BCWAC is pleased and proud to join Americans for Financial Reform (@realbankreform) along with 464 other organizations, including many of our Partners, to say #stopthedebttrap and end payday lending abuses. Letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau