The 2020 legislative session is in full swing, and we need your help to make sure that all Legislators understand the importance of taking action in support of IDAs. We need you all, and all of the partners and savers you can reach out to, to take action. We’re doing our best to be sure you all have all the tools you need to take action! Thank you for those that have already helped raise awareness about the need to keep IDAs whole.
What you can do right now:
1. Endorse. Individuals and Organizations can click here to endorse the IDA legislative ask for 2020.
Neighborhood Partnerships (NP) will provide regular updates as we go through the 2020 legislative session to everyone that endorses the legislative ask.
2. Email your legislators. Take 5 minutes to email your legislators about the importance of IDAs for you and your community.
Contact Your Legislators by using this link- https://prosperitynow.quorum.us/campaign/24577/
3. Forward this to your savers (past and present) and your partners, so they can also email their legislators and endorse the IDA Legislative ask!
The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative helps build hope by creating stronger financial futures for Oregon individuals and families with low incomes. Its flexibility supports the unique approaches of culturally specific, rural, and urban partners as they work with individuals and families to buy homes, get an education, start small businesses, and reach other goals.
Because of changes in federal tax law and IRS code that affect state tax credits like the one that funds the IDA Initiative, the Initiative is facing significant funding shortfalls. In spite of action the shortfalls from the Initiative’s 2018 budget of $10.8 million are at least $2 million in 2019 and $2.5 million in 2020, plus unsold 2019 tax credits totaling $2.6 million.
We need action in the 2020 session to keep the IDA Initiative working in Oregon. We cannot afford to lose one of the few tools we have that strengthens families and communities as it invests in the long term financial security of people with lower incomes. The 2020 legislative session begins February 3rd, and we need your help to make sure that everyone understands the importance of taking action in support of IDAs! Ask your legislator to make sure they let Legislative leaders and budget writers know action is needed!
Want to stay up-to date on IDA legislative news? Join our weekly call!
Stay up to date on our 2020 Oregon IDA Legislative Campaign! We will be having two short 30 minute calls a week to keep everyone updated on the latest in the short session. The calls will be Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:00am, join us by calling 877-885-9727 (no access code needed). These calls will start on February 3rd and they will continue the rest of session (with the exception of Thursday February 20th which is our IDA lobby day). Written updates will go out every Friday to those that have endorsed.
Endorse at https://oregonidainitiative.org/endorsement.
Thank you to our endorsers!
View our one-pager here!
Additional Endorsements from the 2020 Children’s Agenda:
· American Association of University Women of Oregon
· Children’s Institute
· Children First for Oregon
· Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
· Family Forward Oregon
· Housing Oregon
· Impact NW
· NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
· New Avenues for Youth
· Oregon Foster Parent Association
· Oregon Foster Youth Connection
· Oregon Head Start Association
· Oregon Primary Care Association
· Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force
· Oregon Women’s Rights Coalition
· Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
· UFCW Local 555