How Does the Sacramento County Collaborative Work?

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Who is eligible? 

  • Families who are experiencing financial hardships. 
  • Proof of residency in Sacramento County. 
  • Have a bank account that can accept an ACH transfer. 
  • Commit to filling out two surveys about the impact of the funds received.

How does it work?

  • Sierra Health Foundation identifies program participants through their contract tracing efforts in partnership with 13 local nonprofits.
  • Families receive a unique code to sign-up and access the UpTogether platform. 
  • Using the UpTogether platform, United Way will invest up to $1,000 to individuals and $2,000 for a family.  
  • Based on need, households with multiple individuals/families living together can receive more than one payment.  
  • Families will identify the need for funding and are surveyed on how they spend the funds.  
  • Platform allows for long-term social networking which is important for families to connect and share best practices, frustrations, wins, etc.  

What is UpTogether? 

The innovative technology platform, UpTogether, is designed for the exchange of financial and social capital. UpTogether allows people living in poverty to access unrestricted cash transfers and connect with other families to help one another accomplish their financial and personal goals. 

The UpTogether platform also incentivizes and promotes social capital exchanges amongst those receiving direct assistance. Families on the platform set their own goals and  work together to find solutions to the problems they face – from child care, rental assistance, to food and medical payments without having to go deep into debt and have a harder time emerging from this crisis.  

Families and individuals in this program will also be offered an opportunity to remain on the UpTogether platform long beyond the crisis and can continue to work with each other on longer-term goals such as starting a business, buying a home, or tuition for continuing education. This approach accelerates their social and economic mobility and makes poverty escapable. 

How does this tie into United Way California Capital Region’s work to end poverty in the region?

United Way made a 20-year commitment to end poverty in the region in 2016. We bring together the community and key partners to provide families the resources they need to succeed, so their communities can too. The assistance from this program will provide those most vulnerable with the necessary financial resources they need to sustain themselves during the quarantine time period.