Many individuals and families living in our communities are walking a financial tightrope by barely surviving let alone trying to save for a home, college, or retirement. United Way is working to identify and solve the underlying causes of financial hardship.
Our goal is to cut by half the number of families lacking financial stability by 2020. We support programs and initiatives that promote financial stability by working with families and individuals to increase income and build savings. When families are financially stable, the resulting benefits ripple out to good health and receiving a quality education, helping to make a stronger community.
United Way of the Wine Country led the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! coalition provides free, quality tax return preparation to low-to-moderate income individuals, families and seniors. Access to other resources such as public benefits, low or no cost bank accounts, or financial education is also available to individuals at some tax sites.
In 2017, United Way is partnering with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa to launch the Savings & Credit Ready initiative. This initiative will emphasize the importance of saving a portion of your money as well as the need to build good credit in order to help households become more financially stable.
Resources to Help Households Become Financially Stable
When individuals and families are able to reduce household expenses, the money saved can often be used for other important budget items such as housing, food, transportation, education, etc. Some resources are listed below which could help save money for qualifying individuals and families:
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