Step-Up Silicon Valley

Campaign to Cut Poverty

Community & Parish Partnerships

Almaz Negash
(408) 325-5128

Download the Step Up Silicon Valley 2012 Annual Report to learn more about our team and initiatives


Step Up Silicon Valley coordinates public policy and community organizing strategies to reduce poverty. Through collaboration with local government officials, the California State Legislature, the United States Congress, and the White House Administration, we can influence and encourage policy makers to pass specific legislation and regulations that will directly cut poverty in our community.  By advocating for policy change, we ensure that the decisions that affect the lives of poor families in Santa Clara County receive closer attention. We recognize that no single issue is the cause of poverty and no single strategy is the solution. Therefore, every policy is analyzed based on whether or not it helps to reduce poverty.


Advocacy Focus Areas:

  • Elder Economic Security Index
  • Snap/CalFresh (Food Stamps)
  • National Opportunity for Community Renewal Act (NOCRA),
  • Affordable Housing Developments
  • Transportation
  •  Jobs
  • Child Savings Accounts
  • Candidate Pledges
  • Anti-Payday Lending


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