Why a Human Impact Budget?

Between 2008 and 2013, California cut over $15 billion from our social safety net – all during a time when people were losing their jobs, health insurance, and security. Many Californians found it difficult to meet their basic needs as state budget cuts mounted and the local programs in our social safety net were slashed. The Human Impact Budget Project explores the impact of these cuts on residents here in Alameda County.
While the State budget and overall economy are improving, conditions for people dependent on safety net services have not. We need to develop innovative strategies and partnerships to increase opportunity for all.

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Judy's Story

Judy Nguyen tells the amazing story of her mother’s immigration to Oakland, and how a compassionate and responsive health care system led to a life of service.

$15,000,000,000
Cuts to state health and human services programs from 2008 to 2013

Sharon's Story

Sharon Rhinehart dreams of a better life for her son, and for others who have traveled her difficult path through foster care and homelessness. Watch Sharon’s story of fortitude, and the role of essential services in her family’s life.

200,000
Alameda County residents that live below the Federal Poverty Level

Rabbit's Story

Drugs and hopelessness almost cost Rabbit Peeples his life, but the safety net caught Rabbit in his darkest time. Now, supported by stable housing and vital health care, Rabbit is finding hope and happiness for his future.

250,000
Alameda County residents that went hungry last year. Almost half of them were children.