Public Policy

Breaking Through Poverty ~ MN-CCD Town Hall Forums 2013

Raise Your Voice.  Share Your Story with Policymakers.

Fall is just around the corner which means it is time to turn our attention to MN-CCD grassroots advocacy activities!  The MN-CCD Breaking through Poverty Town Hall Forum Season will kickoff on Wednesday, September 18, in Baxter, Minnesota.  This is the first of eleven statewide Town Hall Forums MN-CCD is hosting this fall in collaboration with local disability advocacy and provider organizations.  Each Town Hall Forum begins with an advocacy training where participants will learn more about the policies that unjustly impoverish members of the disability community and what we can do about it.  The second half of the event will provide the opportunity for individuals to share their personal experience on the issues with their local policymakers.

Baxter     
Wednesday, September 18, 2:30-4:30 pm
Arrowwood Lodge, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter, MN 56425

Minnetonka
Wednesday, September 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
Opportunity Partners Koch Campus, 5500 Opportunity Court, Minnetonka, MN 55343

St. Cloud
Tuesday, October 1, 5:00-7:00 pm
Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301

St. Paul
Thursday, October 10, 4:30-6:30 pm
Goodwill/Easter Seals 553 Fairview Ave N., St. Paul, MN55104

Coon Rapids
Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-3:30 pm
Mary T Inc., 1555 118th Lane NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Duluth
Monday, October 21, 5:00-7:00 pm
2900 Piedmont Ave, Duluth, MN  55811

Mankato
Monday, October 21, 5:00-7:00 pm
Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St., Mankato, MN 56001

Brooklyn Park
Tuesday, October 22, 5:00-7:00 pm
Mains’l Services, 7000 78th Ave N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Eveleth
Tuesday, October 22, 5:00-7:00 pm
Rustic Rock Chop House, 301 Hat Trick Ave, Eveleth, MN 55734

Eagan
Tuesday, October 29, 5:00-7:00 pm
Westcott Library, 1340 Westcott Rd., Eagan, MN 55123

Moorhead
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00-6:00 pm
Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue North, Moorhead, MN56560

The disability community has faced many years of budget cuts by way of reduced payment rates to providers, slashed Medical Assistance (MA) benefits and by upholding unjust eligibility requirements that make it hard for people to qualify for MA home and community based services.  While these solutions may have solved short term budget deficits, they have left many individuals in a state of poverty just to access the programs and services they need to remain as independent as possible in their homes and in their communities.

We need your help starting a meaningful dialogue with policymakers about these issues and about the policy solutions that can help get members of the disability community out of poverty.  Policy solutions that promote changes to Medical Assistance asset and income eligibility requirements and provide a rate increase for providers of disability programs and services.

Please help spread the word by sharing MN-CCD’s posts about the forums on Facebook and Twitter,
and by sharing this email with your network of friends, families and colleagues.

For more information or to register for an event please contact rebecca@mnccd.org, jo@mnccd.org or call us at (952) 818-8718.  You can also visit our website: Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.  Walk-ins are welcome.

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