Austin Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue organization of 43 congregations, public schools, and unions who work together to address public issues that affect the well being of families and neighborhoods in our community.

We are a broad-based citizens' organization committed to promoting justice and democratic values. We work to develop leaders and to provide opportunities for member institutions to negotiate effectively through the political process with local government and community leaders around issues of common concern. Austin Interfaith is strictly non-partisan. Austin Interfaith is one of thirty organizations of the West / Southwest IAF network and one of sixty-five organizations that make up the Industrial Areas Foundation.  


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    Austin Interfaith Celebrates 'Living Budget' with Wage Wins & More

    Mayor Steve Adler and Council members Greg Casar, Ann Kitchen and Leslie Pool celebrated the passage of what Austin Interfaith leader Rabbi Alan Freedman called a "living budget" alongside organization leadership the day after it passed.

    1509_-_ATX_-_Budget__Celebration_Press_Conference_-_Goudeau.jpgAs a result of much public action and collaboration, the City of Austin will now pay their workers an increased living wage of $13.03 per hour (up from $11.39) and for the first time will include temporary AND contracted workers in that wage standard.  Workers employed for at least 12 months will additionally qualify for healthcare benefits.  (Employees of private corporations receiving public subsidies will also benefit from the wage increase.)

    Austin Interfaith furthermore celebrated additional wins in areas impacting workers, children and families:

    • $350K in increased investment to expand access to long-term job training program Capital IDEA by 70 slots,
    • $3 million in added investments in parks, pools and libraries,
    • $684K for AISD parents support specialists,
    • $520K for Primetime after-school programming, and
    • $1.6 Million for property tax breaks for seniors and disabled homeowners. 
    Austin Interfaith leaders celebrated the historic living wage win and publicly thanked the Mayor and council members in attendance for their effective work as "budget champions."
    [Photo Credit: Ashley Goudeau, KVUE

    Setting an Example, Austin Chronicle

    Council Wrap Up: Unpacking Council's Brand New Budget, Austin Chronicle

    Point Austin: A Living Budget, Austin Chronicle

    Lideres de Austin Celebran Aprobacion de Presupuesto, Telemundo

    Why Public Health, Social Service Funding Surged in the Austin BudgetAustin American Statesman [pdf]

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