We focus–alongside our Economic Mobility Collaborative Action Network (CAN)–on increasing incomes, generating employment opportunities, and stabilizing working families so that the Coachella Valley becomes a place of opportunity for everyone. We achieve impact by following the strategies determined through CAN and community input laid out in two-year action plans.
In the Coachella Valley, rent prices are increasing while median household incomes are dropping. Renters in Riverside County need to earn $34.31 per hour to afford the average monthly asking rent of $1,791, yet the average renter wage was only $17.68/hour in 2022.
To increase the opportunity for economic mobility, we must provide greater access to childcare, housing, transportation, social services, job training, financial education, higher wages, and more employment opportunities. We can and must do better for the Coachella Valley. And together, we will.
Our action plans outlines bold systemic changes that will increase economic mobility while providing immediate help for residents in need. Strategic goals for economic mobility coming in 2023!
“The face of homelessness has changed. Many don’t realize that homelessness also looks like a dad who works two jobs and can’t save enough for a downpayment. Or a couple who can’t save enough for a security deposit, so they sleep in their car. Let’s make it equitable. Let’s give them a fair opportunity.”
— Bishop Dr. Kephyan Sheppard, Leader of the Word of Life Fellowship Center in Desert Hot Springs
Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) engage residents and community leaders in both the public and private sector who share our vision for a Coachella Valley where all families are healthy, stable, and thriving. Together, our Housing and Economic Mobility CANs identify areas of impact and build actionable solutions. We lift, so that everyone can rise.
We depend on community action, engagement, and involvement to meet our Action Plan goals. Learn how you can support your neighbors today!