Financial Stability

Overview Amy Williamson

How we’re solving financial stability issues together

When we strengthen the economic future of one family, we strengthen the economy for the whole community.

We’re teaching households and foster youth how to manage finances and increase savings so they can improve their economic outlook.

United Way is leading the Assets & Opportunity Network, mobilizing a group of nonprofits, companies and volunteers to look at financial stability data in our community and work on key tasks to increase the number of individuals who are financially thriving.

We are also helping local qualified families and individuals file their taxes online for free while bringing crucial EITC (earned income tax credit) dollars back into our local community.

86% of the 413 adults are demonstrating better financial skills.

90% of 336 foster youth participants are earning in matched savings accounts.

Now more than ever, our community needs you, your energy, passion, and commitment. Let’s work together as first responders to meet our community’s greatest needs.

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New Data Show Millions of Families Face Steep Uphill Climb to Real Financial Security
January 2016

Seven years since the official end of the Great Recession, many economists agree that America’s agonizingly slow financial recovery is finally complete. But even though the national unemployment rate has remained steady at five percent in recent months, it’s clear to many families that the widespread economic prosperity of the past is just that—a thing of the past. As President Obama remarked in his final State of the Union address, the economy has been changing in profound ways, and the impact on household finances have been similarly profound.

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Financial stability report released by United Ways of California
Report reveals one in three California households do not have sufficient income to meet their basic costs of living

In July, United Ways of California published a new report Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015. The report measures the true cost of living in California’s communities and the hardships households face in meeting them. It uses the Real Cost Measure, a basic needs budget model that estimates the amount of income required to meet basic needs for a given household type.

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Financial Stability Funded Partners

United Way’s certified nonprofit funded partners are the integral forces creating change and bringing to life our vision of stronger and more compassionate communities through our financial stability initiatives.

  • Amador Tuolumne Community Resources, Inc.
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento
  • Goodwill Inc.
  • Koinonia Family Services
  • New Morning Youth & Family Services
  • Opening Doors Inc.
  • St Johns Shelter for Women and Children
  • Stand Up Placer
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Yolo Family Resource Center