Asset poverty is a community-level issue that requires a coordinated, community-level response. The Asset Building Coalition's Advocacy Committee has spent the first half of 2019 meeting with leaders of organizations (whose work connects them with Asset Poverty) from across North Carolina to understand their advocacy platforms, how they approach the work, the adaptive challenges they've faced, and how they facilitate and communicate with community stakeholders.

In 2019, the ABC's Advocacy Committee met with

Launching a Local Advocacy Platform

The Advocacy Committee's research and fact finding efforts culminated in September, 2019 with the launch of the 2019 Forsyth County Advocacy Agenda for Asset Poverty. This inaugural advocacy agenda outlines strategies and opportunities for advocacy activities at the grassroots / local, state, and national levels. It focuses on specific actions that individuals, elected officials, service providers, and institutions can take to begin to shift policies and priorities toward systemic solutions for asset poverty.


ABC will take the lead on an issue, locally:

  1. Living Income Standards (Living Wage)


ABC will join with other partners as an active member, to develop strategies to influence policy:

  1. Benefits Cliff,
  2. Reform of municipal fines/fees


ABC may take a public position to support or oppose policy in this area, lending its name to an effort:

  1. Student Loan Debt,
  2. Auto IRA,
  3. State Earned Income Tax Credit,
  4. Able Accounts, and
  5. Medicaid Expansion

ABC's Advocacy Committee

Brittany Gaspari, Chair

Amy Lytle

Kenneth Holland

Shenell Thompson

Adam Hill

John Railey

Contact for more information on joining the advocacy committee.

Save the Date

Building a Pathway to Shared Prosperity:

Dismantling the Benefits Cliff in Forsyth County

Tue, November 12, 2019 from9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

at The Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center, 1922 South Martin Luther King Junior Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27107