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Fighting Poverty Across Our Region | Needs and Impact

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Bay Area Impact Analysis By County


At United Way Bay Area, we are dedicated to addressing the pressing needs of the eight counties we serve, by fostering collaboration, bringing together elected officials, local organizations, businesses, and communities to drive lasting impact throughout the Bay Area.


We also serve as a resource hub, collecting and sharing information across our network to strengthen our collective efforts and response. Here you’ll find dedicated, county-oriented webpages providing valuable insights into the specific challenges faced by each community, while celebrating the spirit, resilience and shared determination of its residents.


As you journey through the lens below, please consider joining us in supporting our region, partnering with us and partnering with the community. Together is the way we make a difference and transform lives, each community at a time.



Bay Area Impact Analysis By County


We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.


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Alameda County

116,630 individuals are experiencing food insecurity in Alameda County alone.

See Alameda’s Need

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Contra Costa County

27,709 renter-households with low incomes DO NOT have access to an affordable home.

See Contra Costa’s Need

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Marin County

40,404 households in Marin County spend more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Marin County’s Need

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Napa County

Full-time income for workers in low-wage jobs decreased 10% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage job income increased 13%.

See Napa County’s Need

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San Francisco County

A typical family of four needs $127,332 just to meet basic needs. The median income for SF residents is $119,136.

See San Francisco’s Need

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San Mateo County

33,374 individuals have been served through UWBA programs – that’s nearly twice the seating capacity of the Chase Center.

See San Mateo’s Need

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Santa Clara County

27,400 children are experiencing food insecurity.

See Santa Clara’s Need

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Solano County

54,584 households are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Solano County’s Need

What Our Community Says


Answering the Call


Discover how we collaboratively address community needs, bringing together individuals, local organizations, and businesses to create lasting impact and drive positive change in the Bay Area.


We Serve the Needs of the Bay Area

View the needs in each Bay Area County and our Impact.



Make a Difference


We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.


Support Our Region

Now that you know the need, support our region and make a difference today!


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Partner With Us On Your CSR Goals

Find out how we can partner to amplify your community support and create a lasting impact together.


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Your Voice Matters

Raise your voice and advocate for policy measures that drive positive change and uplift the needs of our community.


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Get in Touch


Good things are happening around here all the time, and we would love to keep you informed about our progress in the battle against poverty. Your information stays with us. Share it, and we’ll reach out periodically with information and opportunities for you to get involved to help address one of our region’s most critical challenges.