PICO federations are working to address the economic pressures that challenge families looking for good jobs and raising children on limited incomes.
These stories illustrate our work for economic security:
Green Job Development
In 2008, People Acting in Community Together (PACT) in San Jose, California won a commitment from the Mayor to bring over 8,000 green-collar jobs to Silicon Valley over the next 10 years as part of the city's Green Vision platform. As Silicon Valley gears up to play a central role in the development of the "green technology" industry, PACT is working to ensure that low- and moderate-income people benefit from the creation of new economic opportunities.
The ACTION Network in Gainesville, Florida worked with the city and their local utility company to create the "Low-income energy efficiency program" that provides low-income homeowners with $2,750 worth of work to weatherize their homes. The program also provides low-interestloans to make further weatherization and repairs.
San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP) has won commitments for millions of dollars in workforce development for youth job training. In 2006, SFOP won $8 million for re-entry and youth job training as part of its "Avenues of Hope" campaign. In 2008, SFOP won a total of $17 million for workforce development as part of a community benefits agreement between the city, community, and private developer.
Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) in Kansas City, Missouri won passage of the first state legislation that caps the interest rates on predatory payday loan operations in Missouri and creates a framework of consumer protections to regulate the industry. Prior to this legislation, payday lending institutions were charging up to 800 percent interest on certain loans. CCO continues to work to reduce the interest rate limit on payday loans.
Metro Organizations for People (MOP) in Denver, Colorado won the first in the nation city Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) policy that uses city funds to matches state and federal EITC.