Freedom from Poverty through Action
Born out of the Community Action model that arose during the War on Poverty, Solid Ground merges direct services with advocacy to address poverty. We have a successful track record of promoting progressive policymaking on state, regional and local levels.
As the Fremont Public Association, we led the formation of many of the central provider coalitions in our community. Solid Ground has always helped bring the voices of people of all income levels into the political process to support opportunities for everyone to prosper. We organize locally and regionally – and across Washington state as well through our advocacy partner, Statewide Poverty Action Network – to keep people in their homes, get people housed, and develop resources to support people moving out of poverty.
Larry Gossett on Solid Ground’s role creating coalitions
Members of our team have been visible leaders in campaigns for fair tenant laws, improved food security, access to benefits, and removing barriers to opportunity.
Our President & CEO Gordon McHenry, Jr. served on Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Task Force, is a member of the Coordinating Board of All Home, chairs the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice, and serves on the Governance Group of Communities of Opportunity, a place-based initiative that aims to improve race, health and socio-economic equity in King County. Our staff and program participants bring lived experiences into the political process, which can powerfully impact policy change and help fund programs that meet community needs.
‘I have a voice!’
Statewide Poverty Action Network
With a membership of thousands of individuals and organizations, Poverty Action builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper.
Envisioning a state where people of all income levels fully promote and participate in building the fabric of socially, politically, and economically just communities, they:
- Organize communities to advocate for issues impacting their lives.
- Promote public policy changes that address the causes of poverty.
- Deepen democracy by mobilizing historically disenfranchised voters.
- Engage leaders in communities with low incomes.
As an advocacy partner of Solid Ground, Poverty Action maintains its own website and legislative agenda highlighting campaigns such as:
- Save the Safety Net: Poverty Action plays an important role advocating for funding and access to a broad spectrum of programs such as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Disability Lifeline that help people meet their basic needs.
- Consumer Protections: Poverty Action has a long track record of fighting for legislation to rein in predatory lenders that target low-income communities, people of color, military personnel, and seniors.
- Roadblocks to Re-entry: Poverty Action works to reduce or eliminate barriers previously incarcerated people face to reentering their communities, such as LFOs (Legal Financial Obligations). They also helped pass the Voting Rights Restoration Act in 2009, restoring the right to vote for 400,000 previously incarcerated Washington state citizens.
Poverty Action organizes through a racial equity lens, drawing attention to the relationship between systemic oppression and poverty. They take direction from the communities in our state most impacted by poverty, and their Coordinating Board is comprised of and accountable to people with low incomes and people of color.Current Campaigns
S.P.E.A.K. (Sharing Personal Experience As Knowledge)
Poverty Action’s SPEAK Initiative amplifies the voices and expertise of community members as they share their stories to change policies and transform the narrative about why people are poor. By telling their stories, people use the power of their lived experiences with poverty to create a more just state for us all.
Share your Story! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.