Community Hero of the Year

November 8, 2017

On October 18, the California Reinvestment Coalition recognized the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Advocacy Coalition, led by Children's Defense Fund-California and United Ways of California, with a Community Hero award for our success in expanding the credit to benefit more than a million additional poor families in California. Our director of government affairs, policy and communications, Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, accepted the honor at the awards reception with a call to action for those attending: "Together, we can continue marching towards a California without poverty where every working family can meet their basic needs."

The CalEITC Advocacy Coalition is composed of more than 20 organizations across the state, with critical research analysis by the California Budget and Policy Center.

We have been advocating for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) since including it as the top recommendation in our Ending Child Poverty Now: California brief in January 2015. The EITC is one of the most proven solutions for reducing child poverty, as well as increasing children's health and educational outcomes. The EITC boosts incomes for low-income working families by allowing them to keep more of what they earn.

This year, we worked tirelessly with our partners and legislative champions to expand the credit to reach families earning up to $22,300 (equivalent to a full-time minimum wage job) and self-employed workers. This expansion will benefit an additional one million low-income working families starting in tax season 2017.