CAP-HC pursues our advocacy goals through an educational lens rather than lobbying for or against specific legislative bills. This advocacy-through-education approach expands policymakers' awareness of community needs and the impact legislation can have in the fight against poverty.
2023 Legislative Priorities
CAP-HC has identified the following priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session. These priorities are consistent with the 2023 Legislative Agenda from our statewide association, MinnCAP*. By promoting greater opportunity and support for traditionally marginalized communities in Hennepin County, these priorities are in alignment with the agency's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Increase in funding to the Minnesota Community Action Grant
- Expand the Family Assets for Independence in MN (FAIM) Program
- Create a state funded supplement to the federal Weatherization program
- Advocate for a Minnesota Child Tax Credit
- Increase funding that helps older adults
* Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) - an association of the 24 Community Action Agencies and 11 Tribal Nations in Minnesota that are working across the state to end poverty
Learn more about each of this year's legislative priorities.
CAP-HC also supports the advocacy efforts of additional coalitions of which it is a member by offering input and educational support for their legislative agendas.
- Minnesota Asset Building Coalition - A coalition of 140 organizations whose mission is to create asset-building opportunities for Minnesotans with lower incomes, reduce systemic barriers to economic mobility, and advance racial equity
- Homes for All - A coalition of 150 organizations working to advance shared policy initiatives that lead to housing stability for all Minnesotans
Ways You Can Be an Advocate
We welcome community involvement in our advocacy work and invite you to share your story with us and/or your federal, state, and local officials.
Share Your Story With CAP-HC
CAP-HC is frequently asked to speak to legislators about the experiences of community members with lower incomes. Hearing stories from our clients and partners is an ideal way for us to illustrate community needs, speak directly to the issues effecting the lives of Hennepin County residents, and explain how our programs and services help move people out of poverty.
Share Your Story with Your Public Officials
If you'd like to share your experiences directly with public officials, contact your federal, state, and local officials to let them know what you care about.
Find your public officials and learn how to contact them at USA.gov.