A Moral Budget for a Safer Memphis and Shelby County

The Moral Budget Coalition came together in 2021 to advocate for investments in people and community in our City and County budgets. After seeing a need for including community voice in setting the Shelby County Budget priorities, we established the first-ever Community-Centered Budgeting Process in 2022. We continue to call on the City and County to increase sustainable revenue and fund the services and systems that increase our wellbeing, because we're all safer when our communities have what they need to be thriving, healthy, and whole.

Supporting People:

  • Youth mental health
  • Adult mental health
  • Opportunity youth workforce fund
  • Rental debt relief

Read the full Memphis-Shelby County FY22 Moral Budget Proposal

Supporting Community

  • Affordable housing fund
  • Homelessness wraparound services
  • TGNC community land trust
  • Upscale weatherization initiatives
  • Broadband expansion
  • Public Transit Funding

Supporting Workers

  • Relief for nonessential workers
  • Teacher healthcare
  • Workers rights commission
  • City workers pay increase

Building Culture & Engagement

  • Dedicated arts awareness & education funding
  • Shelby County youth engagement fund
  • County coordinator for community budget participation
  • County coordinator of civic engagement