Poverty &
Opportunity in California

The goal of our economy is to be inclusive—to serve everyone—not just the wealthy, or citizens; not just men, or white people; and not just those who are defined by others as “deserving.” No one’s access to opportunities should be determined by their neighborhood, their networks, or the wealth or income of their parents.

A man holding a child seeking an opportunity out of poverty.
A man speaking in public

Things would actually be far worse if not for recent federal and state reforms of the safety net, education policy, labor policy, and the tax system. But we still have a long way to go.

A woman making coffee at a coffee shop dealing with both racial and gender wage gaps.

Latina workers face the worst racial pay gap in the nation, and Black women suffer the same racial pay gap as Black women in Alabama.

Woman holding a child looking into the distance

We have the 5th worst income inequality in the nation and the highest poverty rate.

A construction worker at a construction site dealing with wage inequalities.

Fundamental inequalities have been built into our institutions over centuries, and the task of undoing them seems daunting.

But California has an opportunity to fulfill the promise of our nation’s ideals–to tell the truth about where we are and where we want to be. By laying out a clear roadmap to a just future, it can challenge itself and the rest of the country to do better.

A woman paying another woman dealing with gender pay inequality.

Most women are paid far less than their male counterparts.

When you look at California’s Poverty Statistics, the issues can be daunting. The racial and ethnic disparities in income and wealth are profound, and a result of bad policy choices—whether they were choices intended to privilege the wealthy, or white people, or men; or choices that simply disregarded the needs, value, and dignity of people who are struggling.

A woman speaking in front of a group debating how to limit poverty and create opportunities for everyone in California.

End Poverty in California will Upset the Setup that creates poverty and limits opportunity by:

Elevating the voices and ideas of people in poverty; connecting our neighbors in the community, government, and private sectors for a shared focus on poverty elimination and equal opportunity for all; and creating and implementing bold, new policies that center individual and community needs.

Who We Are

Get to know our team and the current initiatives we’re working on in 2022.

People protesting to end poverty in California by elevating the voices of people experiencing it.

The Issues

Learn about our anti-poverty, pro-opportunity agenda that centers around jobs, housing, and more.

City of Los Angeles where poverty and inequality affect 13% of the population.