As ACT leaders conducted research in 2015 with people in positions of power to make change, we commissioned 3 independent reports to better understand the County budget. ACT approaches research from three perspectives: qualitative, speaking to people closest to the pain; quantitative, gathering data; and relational, building relationships with people in positions of power to make change. This research revealed that many of the issues concerning our communities intersect at the county level: healthcare, mental health care for residents including homeless residents, mass incarceration, and immigrant detention.
Recognizing that budgets are moral documents, we are calling and advocating for a budget that transforms our community -- a budget reflecting our faith values that shifts the focus from punishment and control to investment in prevention and rehabilitation. We will advocate for investment in health and human services over incarceration. We seek more servicing and less warehousing.