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Important Web Sites

Listed here are a few of the many state and national organizations that provide valuable resources related to our task force issues. Over the years MASW has supported and partnered with many of them in their efforts in fighting for social justice.




The Association for Enterprise Opportunity is a national association of organizations committed to microenterprise development.

The Center for Social Development (a unit of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis) is a leading academic center in social development.

CFED (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to expand economic opportunity.

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

GRO, or Grass Roots Organizing, is a community based nonprofit organization that works on a wide variety of local and statewide issues facing those living in poverty.

The Missouri Budget Project is a statewide, nonpartisan fiscal analysis center focused on analyzing the impact of, and making recommendations on, state fiscal policy.

Missouri State Government Information - This is the place to start when looking for information regarding branches of state government, elected officials, state publications, etc.

OMB Watch is a research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting government accountability and citizen participation in public policy decisions.

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The Child Abuse Prevention Association helps children and their families overcome the traumatic effects of child abuse, especially in child molestation.

Citizens for Missouri Children is dedicated to social policy advocacy on issues impacting children especially child abuse, children's social services, etc.

Prevent Child Abuse Missouri is a network of organizations and individuals committed to ending the abuse and neglect of children in our state through awareness, education, and intervention.

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Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty is the statewide umbrella linking Missouri abolitionists.

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty provides information, advocates for public policy, and mobilizes and supports individuals and institutions that share our unconditional rejection of capital punishment.

The Sentencing Project promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information. Its reports, publications, and staff are relied upon by the public, policymakers and the media.

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Missourians for Tax Justice supports a fair and balanced state tax structure that will produce adequate revenue for needed public services.

The National Low Income Energy Consortium brings together public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations and individuals for a common purpose: Reducing the residential energy hardships and crises faced by low-income consumers.

Poverty At Issue is an excellent resource for anyone concerned about poverty in Missouri.

Take Back Your Time Day is a major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment.

Tax Justice for a Healthy Missouri is a statewide citizens' effort for reform of our state tax system so it will provide adequate revenue for human needs, education and public services.

Universal Living Wage Campaign - The concept is simple. It is based on the premise that if a person works 40 hours a week, then he/she should be able to afford basic housing.

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Families USA is a national organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

The Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

The Missouri Foundation for Health seeks to empower people to achieve equal access to quality health services that promote prevention and encourage healthy behaviors. The Foundation helps to develop and fund programs through grants to eligible organizations in the region.

Missourians for Single Payer Healthcare is a coalition of diverse organizations and individuals working to promote universal health care through a single payer system.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a program designed to help low-income, uninsured Missouri residents find free or discounted brand-name prescription medicines.

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The Missouri Housing Development Commission is the state's housing finance agency and is dedicated to strengthening communities and the lives of Missourians through the financing, development and preservation of affordable housing.

The National Coalition for the Homeless engages in public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing. Their work is focused in the following four areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

The National Housing Trust Fund Campaign is working to establish a National Housing Trust Fund that would build and preserve 1.5 million units of rental housing for the lowest income families over the next 10 years.

For additional links please visit the HMIS Links and Recommended Reading page.

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The American Civil Liberties Union works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (founded in 1973) was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality.

PROMO is Missouri's statewide gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

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The Coalition for a Healthy and Active America educates parents, children, schools, and communities about the critical roles physical activity and nutrition education play in reversing the alarming trends of childhood obesity.

The Community Food Security Coalition is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.

Since 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has provided food, help and hope to hungry people of all faiths and backgrounds. It has done so through donations from the Jewish community which, in turn, are allocated to the most effective hunger relief organizations in the United States, Israel and in poor countries worldwide.

The National Hunger Clearinghouse is the only centralized national database of innovative organizations working on food, nutrition and agriculture issues in the country. They focus on constructive, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty within and between the public, private and non-profit sectors, and we encourage information and resource sharing.

Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit that inspires and organizes individuals and businesses to share their strengths in innovative ways to help end hunger.

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The Mental Health Association of Greater St. Louis represents the public's interest in all matters relating to mental illness and mental health.

The Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers works to enable access to quality mental health services by all Missouri citizens.

Visit the Missouri Department of Mental Health web site for information concerning services provided by the state government.

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