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87th Texas Legislative Agenda Priorities
Through collaborations with our Denton County nonprofit sector and community partners, United Way of Denton County advocates for change that creates long-lasting improvements, and we want your voice to join ours. These priorities were developed through a lens of racial equity in collaboration with Denton County nonprofit organizations, area Chambers of Commerce, School Districts service Denton County, North Central Texas College, University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University and the City of Denton and approved by our Board of Directors:
The continuation of Denton County’s strong economic productivity depends on effective education that produces a highly skilled workforce that is healthy, housed, and protected. These legislative priorities are often interdependent and when left unaddressed limit Texans ability to thrive.
ACADEMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Integration of academic and workforce development policies that create cradle-to-career pathways, providing a better educated workforce and sustainable income that enables self-sufficiency.
BEHAVIORAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Continue to increase funding that would expand the entry points for coordinated and comprehensive services for behavioral health that are cohesive and monitored for effectiveness at the community level that ensures individual wellbeing and community safety for residents of all ages.
Continue to increase funding for housing, health, and behavioral health services for veterans transitioning from military life and for those already in our community.
EARLY CHILDHOOD SUCCESS
Increase access to high quality, affordable childcare and early childhood education; increase access to dropout prevention programs for at-risk students that improve student achievement and post-graduation success; and increase access to programs for children experiencing abuse and neglect.
AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE HOUSING
Support for prevention and intervention programs that make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring, and policies that lower barriers and promote an increase in affordable, available and accessible housing throughout the state.
Reform the statutory framework for regulation of predatory lending to provide protections for financially vulnerable Texans from aggressive and harmful lending practices.
Encourage our local representatives to keep these priorities at the top of their mind
Built for Texas Report
The Impact and Opportunity of Our Nonprofit Sector
Issued by: United Ways of Texas and Onestar Foundation