The Interfaith Alliance on Poverty is a growing network of Portland faith-based communities and congregations. We are on a common mission, working to alleviate poverty in our Portland region.

As a communal voice, grounded in our sacred texts, we seek to understand the causes of poverty and the obstacles to escaping poverty 

It is our hope to build a network of faith-based communities and civic partners to address the root causes of poverty in our community,

to advocate for systemic change to help eliminate poverty,

to assist families in transitioning from generational poverty into lives of stability,

and to explore the local needs in our congregations and neighborhoods, in order to provide necessary resources.

Alliance Endorses Oregon Ballot Measure 101

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Passage of Ballot Measure 101 will protect healthcare coverage for one in four Oregonians including 400,000 kids according to supporters of the measure. Measure 101 creates a fee on insurance companies, hospitals and managed care organizations to make basic healthcare affordable and accessible to every Oregonian. Close to 200 organizations support the measure including major healthcare systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Providence Health Systems and CareOregon.

“Oregonians vote in January and we want to get the word out as soon as possible,” said Tom Hering, the Alliance’s co-chair for Advocacy. “If this measure fails, funding for Medicaid is predicted to be cut between $210 and $320 million dollars. Vulnerable Oregonians including children, seniors and people with disabilities face losing healthcare benefits or coverage altogether.”

For more information on Measure 101, go to

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“It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you--try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God's will yourself!”

Thomas Merton

“Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Feel like a broke-down engine, ain't got no drivin' wheel.
You all been down and lonesome, you know just how a poor man feels.”

Bob Dylan

“Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.”

J. K. Rowling

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Albert Einstein

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”

Mother Theresa

“There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

Mahatma Gandhi